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Mountain Spotted Grasshopper

Mountain Spotted Grasshopper
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Copyright: Chris Chafer (sandpiper2) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1906 W: 107 N: 4875] (16757)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2010-02-14
Categories: Insects
Camera: Pentax K100D Super, Sigma 70-300 DG Macro, Digital ISO-400
Exposure: f/16, 1/180 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2010-05-19 14:40
Viewed: 4187
Points: 16
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is a Mountain Spotted Grasshopper (Monistria concinna) from the family Pyrgomorphidae. This species has eight races scattered through eastern and southern Australia. This is the Victorian alpine race and is only found above 1500m. They live in alpine herb fields, and subalpine heaths and woodlands.
Although most insects die when temperatures reach freezing (0șC) but the Spotted Mountain Grasshoppers spend the winter beneath the snow in all instars (growth stages) until they are adults. The Grasshoppers blood contains an anti-freeze type substance called Sorbitol which is believed to allow them to tolerate freezing conditions.
I found this one near Mt, Buffalo sitting of a yellow paper daisy (Xerochrysum bracteatum)

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Hi mate Chris,

What a tiny and lovely grasshoper, spotted one:) looks like a lady wore a dotted dress:). A novelty for me!
Perfectly managed and composed macro MF!
TFS and have a nice day!


Hi Chris,

Superb take of this Spotted Grasshopper. Colors and BG are so impressive. TFs


Vraiment superbe macro de cette sauterelle avec un excellent POV. Le cadrage, la netteté, les couleurs sont bien sur parfaites.Merci. Rudy

Ciao Chris, elegant grasshopper on a splendid flower, fantastic colors and excellent sharpness, very well done my friend, ciao Silvio

hello Chris
super composition with great details and good sharpness
beautiful colours and good BG.
greeting lou

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  • briGG Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 195 W: 2 N: 344] (1823)
  • [2010-05-20 11:27]

Hello Cris;;
I like your ponctued Grasshopper !!! VERY NICE IN THE FLOWER!!!



  • Dis. Ac. Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1824 W: 5 N: 7663] (24509)
  • [2010-05-20 12:13]

Hi Chris,

an great shot from flower and insect.
I don't know both.
So both for the first time. Good pov, dof and sharpness.
fine colours.


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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2010-05-20 17:57]

Hello Chris,
What a unique looking hopper in such a wonderful composition. Splendid work throughout, excellent posting Chris.

Hallo Chris
This is really stunning and a WOW photo. Another Wow! for a most enjoyable sight. The rich and vibrant colours of the whole image is almost overwhelming. It has excellent focus, is of high quality and really outstanding. The photo is jam packed with awesome detail and features. Perfectly framed and pleasing to the eye. It was lovely to look at, especially at the tiny, tiny hopper with its wonderful markings. Enjoy your day. Kind regards.

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