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Gomphocerus sibiricus - Swiss Type

Gomphocerus sibiricus - Swiss Type
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-21
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/20.0, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Orthoptera of Europe incl. Turkey-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-10-25 4:40
Viewed: 5246
Points: 12
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
On a common excursion with Anne 'anel' to the Moosalp, many interesting insects could be observed. Among them was the grasshopper
- Gomphocerus sibiricus (= Aeropus sibiricus)
- family: Acrididae

German: Sibirische Keulenschrecke

Thanks to Anne for introducing to me the Moosalp, a wonderful natural region, harbouring a lot of motifs, including animals, plants and landscape scenery.

Species information
In middle Europe, the occurence of G. sibiricus is restricted to the Alps. It is locally found from about 1200 m upwards reaching 2800 m as is known from habitats in Switzerland.
G. sibiricus prefers sunny and dry places
The species is characterized by the dilated tibiae of the forelegs and the slightly clubbed antennae.
Body length is about 20 mm.

Earlier this year, I posted a picture of the same species from the North Italian Alps showing a different colour pattern.

Swiss Alps, Valais (Wallis), Mossalp close to Bürchen, about 2100 m (a place called Stand)

- natural bright sunlight
- ISO 400
- handheld

* Baur B, Baur H, Roesti C, Roesti D (2006) Die Heuschrecken der Schweiz. - Haupt-Verlag, Bern.
* Bellmann H (2006) Der Kosmos Heuschreckenführer. - Franckh-Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart.
* Tauscher H (1986) Unsere Heuschrecken. - Franckhsche Verlagshandlung, Stuttgart.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2008-10-25 4:46]

Hello Peter,
Great shot, really detailed and colorful.
Nice light and POV.
Well done.
Best regards Siggi

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
  • [2008-10-25 5:36]

Lieber Peter,
Das ist wirklich ein messerscharfes Bild dieser so interessanten "Boxer"-Heuschrecke, wie ich sie nenne. Du hattest ja auf dieser kleinen Moosalp-Tour vieles gesehen und fotografiert, trotz des Windes! Ich liebe Heuschrecken sehr, weil sie so speziell aussehen, merke aber immer wieder, dass die meisten Leute sie nicht besonders schätzen.
Hab herzlichen dank für Bild und Begleittext. Ein schönes Wochenende noch

Such a beautiful sitting portrait of this acridid grasshopper from a lateral POV Peter, a very sharp and detailed capture in natural colours my friend. TFS indeed!

Hello Peter!
The name "sibiricus" suggests really different region than Alps. Is it a relic population in Switzerland?
Anyway, I like this little creature a lot. Especially the first pair of its legs are amazing as for me - so wide! It would be nice to know why this species has something like that. Or maybe it is a male? (males in many different eg. beetles have wide 1st pairs of legs to better grap females during copulation).
TFS and have a nice weekend!

Hi Peter, superb macro with wonderful grasshopper, great colors and splendid sharpness, excellent DOF and fine details, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Peter,
netlik mükemmel,
çok orjinal bir kare.

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