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Wee Weta

Wee Weta
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-25
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/8, 1/4 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-06-25 6:03
Viewed: 3132
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Order: Orthoptera
Family: Anostostomatidae

Weta are found throughout New Zealand, and in other countries where they are sometimes known as King Crickets.
There are over 260 known species worldwide of which only 160 or so are named.
Not counting Cave Weta (which are a different family) there are around 50 species in New Zealand, all of which are unique to this country.
The heaviest, Weta Punga, the Giant Weta, can weigh up to 75gms
The lighter and skinnier Cave Weta can reach up to 45cm in length !
Weta are generally nocturnal and feed mainly on plant matter,leaves,algae and some small invertebrates.
Some weta are exclusively herbivorous but others eat a variety of insects and larvae.

This is a baby Weta which appeared in our house this evening. I'm not sure which species it is but it does have several body characteristics which would seem to indicate that it may be a young cave weta of some kind.
(Family: Rhaphidophoridae)
Whatever species it is, it turned up just in time to give me some much needed practice with the macro function on my new camera.

Hope you like this little cutie,
Cheers, Steve

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To Mana: BG & lightLordPotty 1 06-25 10:17
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Hi Steve!
I remember this species from pictures presented by Evelynn and this one is also very nice. I like a lot the POV showing entire body of this huge insect. Maybe a little better DOF would be nice to keep all parts of insect's body in the focus but I still like this photo.

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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-06-25 7:05]

Hi Steve,
an interesting creatre you've captured here.
Sharp and detailed.
Well done,

Hi Steve,
Such a cute little insect. Well taken shot. Excellent POV and colors. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Hi Steve,

A very good shot with your new camera. You make this photo in the AV mode? Nice colours. BG and your low POV I like that(-:. Regards and TFS Bob

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-06-26 3:34]
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Hi Steve,
Outstanding macro shot of this cricket. Sharp details with nice focus and colours. Perfect light management and the BG looks so natural and classy. I like your low POV and the fabulous presentation. Well.....for your knowledge, cricket is also a ball game and is played in a few countries. Kudos.

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  • sway Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 305 W: 85 N: 319] (1276)
  • [2007-06-26 5:52]

great shot!
Nice diagonal composition.
Great colours and details.

Hi Steve,
Great creature,
great sharpness and colours.
Well Done

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