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Copyright: SCOTT JOHNSON (squirrel400) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 20 W: 1 N: 65] (323)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D70S, Tamron SP 90mm 1:2.8 Di - Macro 1/1, CF Sandisk III 2GB
Details: Tripod: Yes (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-08-22 11:59
Viewed: 7974
Points: 4
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Common Name: Grasshopper
Scientific Name: Melanoplus differentialis
Insect Order: Orthoptera

Adult differential grasshoppers are brown to olive green and yellow and up to 1-3/4 inches long. Some individuals are melanistic (black) in all instars. The hind legs (femora) are enlarged for jumping and are marked with chevron-like black markings

Life Cycle:
Winter is spent in the egg stage, or during mild winters as an adult. Eggs are deposited in 1 inch long packet-like masses or pods 1/2 to 2 inches deep in the soil and sod clumps. Each packet can contain many (over 25) eggs. Eggs are laid in grassy areas of uncultivated land such as roadsides, field margins and pastures. Tiny grasshopper nymphs hatch from eggs in the spring. Nymphs resemble wingless adults and develop (molt) through five or six stages (instars) as they grow larger and develop wing pads. Nymphs develop into adults in 40 to 60 days. There is generally one generation per year

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To gelarsen: grass hoppersquirrel400 1 08-26 18:22
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i like the isolation of the insect was it a studio set up, a good exposure but feel this would look better if there was no shallow dof, as i find the unfocused bits distract the eye.

Nice photo with crisp, clean sharpness. It shows all the details of the insect's body structures fron this angle.

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