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Locust at Conchal!

Locust at Conchal!
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Copyright: Juan Jose Hoos Ochoa (Hoos) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 20] (111)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-03-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Fuji FinePix A330
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/480 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-03-29 17:33
Viewed: 4836
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Un poco de informacion para que conozcan mas a este insecto:

Las langostas o saltamontes son insectos ortópteros de la familia de los acrídicos (lat. Acrididae), caracterizado por su gran facilidad para migrar de un sitio a otro y, en determinadas circunstancias, reproducirse muy rápidamente llegando a formar devastadoras plagas capaces de acabar con la vegetación de grandes extensiones de terreno.

Se denomina langosta a cada uno de los miembros que componen los grandes grupos de saltamontes. Los saltamontes generalmente no vuelan mucho a pesar de que disponen de alas. Solo cuando se juntan grandes grupos de individuos de la misma especie liberan las feromonas apropiadas para activar durante el desarrollo la conducta migratoria y un crecimiento mayor de las alas y de esa manera poder dispersarse por otros territorios, evitando la competencia intraespecífica por el alimento.

Reino: Animalia

Filo: Arthropoda

Clase: Insecta

Orden: Orthoptera

Suborden: Caelifera

Superfamilia: Acridoidea

Familia: Acrididae
In english!
Locust is the name given to the swarming phase of short-horned grasshoppers of the family Acrididae. The origins and apparent extinction of certain species of locust—some of which reach 6 inches (15 cm) in length—are unclear.[citation needed]

These are species that can breed rapidly under suitable conditions and subsequently become gregarious and migratory. They form bands as nymphs and swarms as adults- both of which can travel great distances, rapidly stripping fields and greatly damaging crops.


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To ellis49: Thanks!Hoos 1 04-11 21:48
To Dyker: Hi ACHoos 1 04-10 01:24
To loot: Hi loot!!Hoos 1 04-10 01:17
To Argus: Hola Ivan!Hoos 1 03-30 14:52
To pvs: Hi paul!Hoos 1 03-30 14:50
To Adam73: :D thanks AdamHoos 1 03-30 00:36
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Hi Juan,

I didn't knew that you had so big locust in Costa Rica :) Nice point of view.
Really colourful and a nice close-up.


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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-03-29 17:40]
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WOW!!!! The POV on this shot is amazing!!!! That thing looks so large. Looks like one of those "B"rated giant insect movies. I love the POV, the DOF and the colors, Sharpness and details are great. This is just awesome.

Excelente enfoque y punto de vista! Felicidades!!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2007-03-30 1:56]
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Hi Juan,

A great capture with good colors and an interesting BG,well captured however the crop is maybe a bit too tight,anyway a great picture ,tfs


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-03-30 2:32]
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Holá Juan,
Fine capture of this S. American Locust with a scenic BG almost in focus, yet allowing the Locust to be the main subject in a pleasing composition.¨Well done and TFS!
Regards, Ivan

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5524 W: 722 N: 4163] (11276)
  • [2007-04-09 3:01]
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Hi Juan Jose

Shucks, a real-time Hollywood giga-monster here on TN. A spectacular close-up of this gigantic specimen.

The composition is great showing a good proportion of the surrounding environment without becoming a distraction. The eye tends to have a quick look at the scenery, but straight away comes back to the locust to see more of this spectacular insect. The colours are splendid, the details are well defined, and the exposure levels were well controlled. The only slight nit might be the rather tight cropping, especially in the front of the subject where one would have liked to see a little more space.

Very well done and TFS.

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  • Dyker Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 136 W: 0 N: 57] (170)
  • [2007-04-09 17:32]
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Hello Hoos
I saw you asked Loot to check out your locust and that's when I thought I will also check it out. It is a monster as he said and you did good work here. I like the overall depth of the photo that you managed without creating a distraction with the background. The locust is really in your face and one can see all the in focus detail very well. The colours are also very good and well saturated.

Hi Juan,
this was close, the lucust look really big.
The colours is very nice and the details are fine.
The DOF is big as it use to be with a compact camera.
Agree with Loot, it's to tight crop, it has been more
nice with more space around the locust.
Well done.

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