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First Grasshopper

First Grasshopper
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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: 2005-03-23
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ-2-S
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-10-15 2:44
Viewed: 10366
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Well,its taken me a long time to post my first grasshopper on TN,considering I took this shot over two years ago.
This is yet another shot from my old Lumix FZ2,taken in my garden at Pirongia.
We had an abundance of insect life in our garden there,including many grasshoppers,most of which I was at a loss to identify.
At the moment I am still unable to put a name to this female grasshopper,so if anyone has any idea I would be very interested.

Thanks for looking.

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  • Great 
  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2007-10-15 2:50]

A charming little cricket.
A lot nicer than the Weta ;D
+++ Excellent focus and DOF, sharp and detailed, great composition, good colours and lighting.
--- Nothing :)
Well done Steve,

Hi Steve.
Good close-up shot, sharp and good detail. Has that slightly yellow cast to it on my screen, but that aside, well done.
Not sure on the grasshopper ID, try looking up the Field Grasshopper, Conocephalus species, also known as tussock katydids. So far three species are known, short and long wings. They can be green or brown and the female has the long spike tail and brown on the top like yours. The picture I have in my book only shows the view of looking down on it, so I can't quite see the face.


Hi Steve,
For a first grasshoppr this is excelent. So well composed and sharp,
Well Done,
Nick :-)

Hello Steve!
At first I would like to congratulate you your first picture of... well, really not a grasshopper unfortunatelly :) The difference between grasshoppers and crickets (here is one of them) is simply to observe even for the first view: crickets have very long antennae, much longer that a head while grasshoppers have much sorther antennae - usually not longer that a head.
Anyway, excluding this small entomological correction, the picture is really nice for watching :)
Best regards,

  • Great 
  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2007-10-15 5:28]

Great work Steve! This is really rare grasshoper. I can ID it easily as Gardenis lordpottae. Very green, with something spiky in its back area, six legs and silly face. Excellent!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-10-15 10:45]

Hi Steve,
Just acknowledging this wonderful shot. Superbly done. Wish I could write a few more words, pity my net problem does not allow that. Sorry.
TFS this awesome shot.

  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2007-10-15 14:24]

Hi Steve, we have a very similar looking species here in the UK. Nice composition and you did well on the sharpness and DOF considering you had next to no light to play with. Well done.

Hi Steve
very nice macro shot. with beautiful green colors. Nicely composed. POV, focus very nice.
good notes. TFS
well done
Best wishes from Cyprus, Ahmet

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