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Strange insect

Strange insect
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Copyright: Anne Gattlen (anel) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3053 W: 3 N: 8715] (40574)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-10-12
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30 D
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/200 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-10-16 6:47
Viewed: 2891
Points: 24
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Strange insect

This creature was posed on a leaf of a Quince-tree in front of our house. It looks like some hopper with a strange abdomen. Is it possibly damaged? Or is it a nymph ?
May be someone has an idea. Thanks in advance.

Thanks to Dieter Meyer (meyerd) to have given me an interesting and precise information:
This is like already some other TN members suggested a Cricket species, Pholidoptera griseoaptera (Gemeine Strauchschrecke, Decticelle cendrée) a cricket from the Tettigoniidae-family. And Dieter writes that the creature is already daed, probably having been attacked by a bird.

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Hi Anne, it looks very much like a cricket or even a katydid and both of those insects are related to grasshoppers at any rate.I like crickets and they are always a welcome summer evening sound to hear chipping in the way that only they can do.Your image has good colour and nice detail going for it and the only thing that could of maybe made it a little better would of been to stop the lens down to have more of the little creature in sharp focus.Crickets are harmless to humans and some even consider them to be lucky to have as pets.Thank you for dropping by in my Summer's Gone photo and for your kind words.


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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2010-10-16 7:48]

Hello Anne,
Indeed, it looks like a cricket. Beautiful natural colours, nice sharpness and an excellent DOF.

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2010-10-16 7:57]

Bonjour Anne,
An interesting capture!
This is definitely a species of Bush Cricket but it is difficult to ID owing to the strange colouring and the damaged, half-dried body. I wonder if it was alive?.
The stong long legs and long ovipositor suggest that this is a female Ephipigger ephipigger but I am not sure.
The image is sharp and well composed with fine lighting and colours late in the season.
Merci et bonne soirée,

Hola Anne,
como bien dices parece tener dañado el abdomen y parece que le faltan algunos anillos. También a esa distancia se hace difícil apreciar alguns detalles. Ivan opina bien, aunque también tiene parecidos esta especie a Anonconotus alpinus, por lo que se hace bastante su id al menos para mí.
Técnicamente, la disposición del insecto sobre la hoja queda muy bien.
Un abrazo: Josep Ignasi.

Hello Anne,
Great capture with amazing focus and superb details. Indeed a very strange insect. I've never seen before. SORRY BUT I HAVE NO MORE GREEN POINT"S LEFT. THE DAILY LIMIT IS 20. THE IMAGE IS SUPERB, CONGRATULATION!

Hello Anne,
Certainly a very strange bug! You've shoted with a very good POV and a nice background blue areas. Good job!
Regards, TFS, Jesús

hello anne
good shot nice details and colours


hello Anne
very nice picture of this trange cricket
i think he is not good out of his Borudom
good pose to show it very good
greeting lou

  • meyerd Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
  • [2010-10-17 2:34]

Liebe Anne,

es ist verständlich, dass Du erstaunt warst, ein solch ungewöhnliches Tier bei Dir anzutreffen, und eine gute Photographin wie Du lässt natürlich die Gelegenheit zur Dokumentation nicht aus! Das ist gut so. Aber das adulte Vieh ist tot, vermutlich von einem Vogel angepickt. Der Karkass hat die Farben veloren, ausser die Farbe Rosarot in den Augen. Die Augen und der "Violinschlüssel" auf dem Prothorax verraten, dass es sich um Pholidoptera griseoaptera handeln muss, keine Seltenheit. Dir war ja klar, dass die Aufnahme keine Schönheitswettbewerbe gewinnen kann, deshalb kommentiere ich sie auch nicht.

Herzlich grüsst Dich

Hello Anne,
another beautiful picture of this strange insect.Excellent details, background and light. Regards, Paolo

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2791 W: 0 N: 6696] (25839)
  • [2010-10-17 18:07]

Hello Anne,
very strange indeed.I think its a cricket, but Im not good in this field of science.
But you have captured it very well in its sharpness and excellent exploitation of the incoming light.
The blue bokeh gives a special effect and the view of the leaf too offer a nice texture too.


Hallo Anne!

Die Geschichte um dieses Insekt ist äusserst spannend und dank Dieter ist die Lösung des Rätsels nun bekannt. Dein Bild ist ebenso besonders wie der Hintergrund zu dessen Entstehungsgeschichte. Das Highlight ist der grün-blaue Farbkontrast.

As liebs Grüessli


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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2010-10-19 11:26]

Hello Anne,
Yes this cricket looks very peculiar and it is interesting to read the comments. Anyway, your capture is beautiful with sharp focus on the cricket and against a lovely background! Very well composed too!
TFS and best regards, Ulla

Bonjour Anne

Le POV et DOF de cette image sont superbe,
avec une belle lumière venant à l'image,
excellent focus, netteté et détails, TFS


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