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Admirable Grasshopper (male)

Admirable Grasshopper (male)
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Copyright: Ruby Sarkar (rubyfantacy) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 84 W: 1 N: 417] (2627)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2012-09-03
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon PowerShot SX 40 HS
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-09-04 21:18
Viewed: 2161
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
this is an Admirable Grasshopper (Syrbula admirabilis). and a male. these grasshoppers are also known as 'Handsome Grasshoppers'. well, quite a suitable name, right? ain't they pretty? :)

these grasshoppers belong to the family 'Acrididae', which is the family of Short-horned Grasshoppers.

i found this grasshopper in my 'treasure island'. it was around 10:30 am. sorry for the harsh light.

well, lets know a bit about this grasshopper..

Range & Habitat:
this species prefers dry, grassy, weedy areas, especially disturbed places. and can be found in eastern United States.

males and females look very different from each other. the females are a bright, clear green and tan, and the males are brown or tan with blackish and pale yellow markings. this species has a very slanted face and long hindlegs. males are expert fliers, whereas females are weak fliers and prefer to hop.

Life cycle:
mating occurs in late summer or early fall. eggs are deposited in masses in the soil, where they overwinter until the following spring.

information courtesy:
Random Natural Acts
Missouri Department of Conservation

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Personally I think that those grasshoppers are amongst the most difficult subject for photography in the world of nature ... and Why ... because their body is long and has so delicate texture, which makes you wish to show it in a tight frame, but then the issue with the depth become often the weakest point. Here your composition and the size of the bug into the frame seems pleasantly balanced Ruby Sarkar. The depth of field is good, the colors and most of all the soft mixed light makes this simple image a winner .... in my opinion. On top of that those minor details like your trademark is becoming smaller and discrete ... as sure sign of maturity, evolution and professionalism :)
George Veltchev

good closeup of the insect. excellent lighting and angle makes this image special. tfs.

Hello Ruby,
Nice photo of a interesting grasshopper. Excellent colors, dept of field and focus.
Thanks for sharing!

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2012-09-05 11:57]

Hi Ruby,a very original and excellent choice of point of view,i can't see the face but i like a lot the perspective and the usual excellent quality of details and colors.Have a nice evening and thanks,Luciano

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