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Copyright: Radomir Jaskula (cicindela) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1223 W: 0 N: 3103] (9226)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2006-09-28
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix 5400, 35-105 mm 1:4,5-5,6, @ ISO 50
Exposure: f/6.8
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Grasshopper & Crickets, Caves and cave life., Insects (Insecta), Orthoptera of Europe incl. Turkey-1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-12-10 10:53
Viewed: 6754
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Hello my Friends!
After another longer break I am back (even if I am not sure for how long... :>). Today something really strange and unique, I believe. And also something from my archieve :>

The hero of this photo is a cave cricket - Dolichopoda araneiformis (Burmeister, 1838) (Orthoptera: Rhaphidophoridae) known sometimes as Dalmatian cave horse. This species is endemic to SW part of the Balkans, and the only one known from Montenegro. The genus Dolichopoda groups 34 species, all known only from S Europe.

And here are some additional details about this insect species:

Size: some 3-3.5cm (without legs!)

Habitat: only in caves, usually in deeper parts

Food: decaying organic matter, in the cave where this specimen was photographed, the main source of food was probably bat pellets.

Body shape: very unique, no other Orthoptera family in Europe has so long legs (just to compare with Acrididae, Gryllidae, or Bradypodidae).

Picture was taken in Obodska Pecina cave, Skadar Lake National Park.

Very similar species but from totaly different region - New Zeland, was presented by Steve (LordPotty) here :>

And last but lot least, I would like to dedicate this photo to Peter Roos (batu), who's entomological presentations are always very interesting and informative :>

red45, SelenE, uleko, Argus, siggi, LordPotty, Heaven, Jamesp, cataclysta, Alex99, anel, valy67 has marked this note useful
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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2008-12-10 11:05]

Czesc Radek!

Widze, ze zadzialala telepatia - obaj mamy obok siebie jaskiniowe tytuly :-) Zdjecie nie miesci sie w kategoriach 'widowiskowe' czy 'jaskrawo kolorowe', za to pasuje jak ulal do grupy 'bardzo interesujace' :-) Nie jestem fanem tych zwierzakow, ale doceniam wage spotkania. Technicznie tez bardzo dobre, mimo trudnych warunkow.

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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2249 W: 65 N: 4205] (13972)
  • [2008-12-10 12:01]

Hi Radomir,
Interesting design :o) Never seen it before. Good details and nice composition showing the animal's habitat as well. TFS
All the best,

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-12-10 12:07]

Hello Radomir,
Excellent capture of this interesting cave dweller! It looks a bit like a cross between a shrimp and a spider! :-) Excellent POV, great details and nice light and colours.
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-12-10 12:28]

Hello Radomir,
A great illustration of this remarkable species of Cave Cricket. Not only have you managed to take the body with fine sharpness and detail, but to have a complete view of the extraordinary long legs and nearly the whole length of the antennae. great use of flash too.
Well done amy friend and thank you for sharing this fine view of this species with us.
Thia must be new for TN and if so, congratulations!
Kind regards,

Hi Radek, great capture of strange creature, fine details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-12-10 13:16]

Hallo Radomir,
Bardzo interesujace ujecie tego criketa ,Interesujace kolory prawie ze sie do tego kamienia upodobnil.Ostrosc doskonala.Pozdrawiam Siggi

Hi Radomir,
This is a creature I have had a LOT of close contact with....perhaps not this exact species,but cave crickets nonetheless.
Over here we call them Cave Weta and there are about 60 species endemic to New Zealand.
They are classified as being in genera in Subfamily Ceuthophilinae of family Rhaphidophoridae (Wiki).
When I was exploring caves in the North Island,there were times I had to crawl through low stream passages on my back (with face out of the water and only a few cms airspace) and these things would be jumping on my face as they were startled by my light.
Sometimes there would be colonies of a hundred or more.
As you can imagine,the more squamish wouldn't appreciate it....but then,the crawl itself would be terrifying enough for them.
I'm not sure if I've posted cave weta yet (I think I have) but I photographed some recently in an old Gold mine so I'll post one for you soon.
ps ... you can read more about Weta Here

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  • Heaven Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 996 W: 123 N: 2341] (7912)
  • [2008-12-10 21:34]

Hi Radomir!

I believe that postings like this one showing endemic species are particularly valuable. This enlarges our knowledge and shows us how rich the diversity of our nature is. The background of your picture does not differ much from the colours and patterns of the insect. On one hand this is spectacular, on the other hand it makes it a bit difficult to distinguish the insect. The unity of the colour tones is impressive!

Kind regards


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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2008-12-10 23:33]

Greetings Rado

Superb shot - you have really captured this insect well - the atmoshere of the cave too.. Exposure is spot-on.


Czesc Radek.
W Czarnogorze czas spedziliscie owocnie, mam nadzieje kiedys odwiedzic te kraine. Zwierzadko wyszlo ci bardzo dobrze, ostrosc i kolory super.
Pozdrawiam Robert.

Realmente es una toma que te pone dentro de la escena, con una ajustada iluminación aunque muy efectiva.
Un bonito trabajo.
Saludos: Josep Ignasi.

Czesc Radziu
Robak jest bardzo fajny i ciekawy. Podoba mi sie ujecie - tak lekko z dolu. Widac ze to siedzi w jaskini ;-) Ladna ostra fotka

Hi Radomir

Good to see you back here for a while. Cool shot of this cave cricket. I've seen similar in Australia but never photographed one. Not an easy capture, but you've done very well with this shot. Good sharpness. TFS


Hi Radomir.
What an attractive cricket and nice picture. Great DOF and sharpness of the entire scene. However, I have not idea what is the scenery where you have captured this creature. Once more superb flash work. My kind regards and TFS.

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-12-11 10:59]

Hello Radomir,

A very nice presentation of this strange cricket. Excellent POV, DOF (fortunately for you the legs were not widespread) and sharpness. Good lighting and good natural colours.

Cześć Radziu,
Ale potwora wstawiłeś na TN.
Zdjęcie świetne technicznie, a ponadto bardzo interesujące. Rzadko się coś takiego widzi.

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-12-12 3:56]
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Hello Radomir,
Interesting species which seems to live in caves, pale color and long legs make them look different from other crickets. Do they go outside too?
Are the legs made to climb better on the walls?
Excellent sharpness , here the flash was very useful to show all details of this interesting creature.
Merci beaucoup!

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-13 15:04]

Hi Radomir,
an excellent shot of this Cave Cricket!
Really good composition.
Superb sharpness.
Great use of flash!

Very well done,

Hello Radomir !
On the small picture I thought it was a spider, I was quite surprised when I opened the picture and saw... a grasshopper (even if this one must probably not be hopping on grass, according to your notes :-)It is an excellent picture, with sharp details on all parts of the insect, nicely composed, good POV, and you made excellent use of your flash, without over-exposing your insect. Very well done !

Congrats, beautiful POV and no reflections of flashlight on the animal in ddep darkness.

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