Thanks Pam for NZ's Scariest Insect.
- andtine (38)
- [2006-01-07 1:06]
Thank goodness I live in Turkey! scary looking creature! The comprehensive notes were very interesting.
- manyee (23770)
- [2006-01-07 1:31]
A perfect frontal POV of this very strange and indeed scary-looking insect. Interesting note on this species unknown to me until now. Great shot with perfect focus and exposure. Well done and TFS, Janice. : )
- Actiereactie (272)
- [2006-01-07 3:01]
I like this creepy, crawly thing. He looks indeed a bit angry, must have been the jar.
Great detail on the head and good sharpness.
Liked reading your story.
- dew77 (13270)
- [2006-01-07 3:36]
Wonderful capture and informative note.POV,clear details,eye contact and framing are excellent.It looks like a character from starwars;).
Have nice and sunny weekend!
- petrudamsa (2544)
- [2006-01-07 3:49]
This is an unique kind of insect. I know they are a quite ancient species, flightless and big. There was a full hour documentary on TV about Wetas, but I don't remember the channel. To bad we don't have it here in Europe too. It is a NZ endemic and for me is quite a long (and expensive) trip to go see it live!
- Demetrio (844)
- [2006-01-07 4:17]
Good shot of this most weird instect, Love the notes.
- Dave (2178)
- [2006-01-07 4:29]
Too cool Janice!
Pam is a mighty brave woman! Not to mention the one who photographed this thing...;-) Nice collaborative effort! Thanks for the workshop showing the profile view. That thing is mean looking... Too bad your DOF didnot also make those tail "thingies"(sic) nice and clear too...:( All creatures large and small... just don't let that "Weta" get me...;-)
- Libor (1101)
- [2006-01-07 4:33]
great macro shot.
You captured beautiful details and colors.thenks for good note :o)
Seriously good capture Janice, thank you to both of for being brave enough to bring this to us, (It is possible to lower a captive insects temperature in a domestic fridge, NOT A FREEZER, about 20 mins will give you half a chance as they warm up for a minute or so.
Brrrrr...Janice! I like even spiders, but dislike this kind of creatures! It is ugly! But your photo - great. Excellent face to face portrait of this 'beauty' ;-)
First sunny day from 26th.
- marhowie (486)
- [2006-01-07 7:35]
Janice - Leaving for Dallas, no time to comment but well deserved :-}
- cafecrem (9248)
- [2006-01-07 8:28]
What a killer Janice!!!!
For me he looks like warrior from the past.
- ellis49 (2254)
- [2006-01-07 9:37]
this is not scary it's a nice insect. The head is great.
Well composed, good details and nice colours.
I like the POV too.
Great work, my friend.
- wishnugaruda (19365)
- [2006-01-07 10:58]
Brrrrrrr - you were very brave, Janice - I would have run away - looks so dangerous!
How big is it? I love to see it eye to eye, a perfect shot, thank you so much - also for your informative note. Have a wonderful sunday, bye
Sabine - wishnugaruda
Very nice shot Janice.
My mother grew up in New Plymouth and she is simply terrified of Wetas. She spent 20+ years living in central Texas in the US and learned to deal with Rattlesnakes, Tarantulas and Scorpions all the time in and out of the house, yet her biggest fear is still Wetas!
They seem to have an almost mythical reputation in NZ and strike fear in the heart of all Kiwis, in spite of the fact that they are just a big cricket with a large head and are harmless.
Great shot and note about a really neat animal.
- liquidsunshine (5437)
- [2006-01-07 12:48]
Interesting capture Janice,
How nice of Pam to save this for you!!!!
Good detail, colours and sharpness.
Composition and exposure are spot on.
I'm glad we don't get these here, Lisa wouldn't leave the house!
Thanks for posting, have a great weekend.
Great post with excellent capture of this creature and a detailed interesting note. Excellent detail in the pic, one can even see the bits in the legs that make the sound (or is that just the colouring - not sure!).
- Robespierre (1424)
- [2006-01-07 17:04]
A razor sharp picture of this Weta. For me a very unknown animal, your note is therefore very informative.
Good POV and natural colours. Strong visual impact.
Good job! Thx and regards, Ruud
- pauljk (226)
- [2006-01-07 17:23]
Nice image. I particularly like the way both the antennae and front legs provide good lead into the image. Certainly keeps your eyes focused on that alien looking head.
Wow Janice that's a scary looking insect up close but a fantastic shot, I've seen video of that particular species and they are quite large insects. :)
- chouette (0)
- [2006-01-08 23:47]
This is an ugly creature but your capture is wonderful! Very sharp and detailed with a good DOF. I'm happy to live in Canada ;-)
Is this a good shot, IMHO?
Yes. a very good one.
Does the note learn me something new?
Yes, a lot.
Does this photographer take an active part in the growth of the site?
Yes, with 272 photos and 5339 critics, I think so.
What do I really feel by looking at this photograph?
Fear and curiosity.
Does this photograph help me to progress?
Thank you Janice.
- hummingbird24 (64)
- [2006-01-09 13:46]
Wow, you and Pam must be pretty great friends, Janice!
I wouldn't have been as brave as she, to hang onto this guy for anybody!!
Interesting capture and ws.
Please don't send any over here, I like them where they are just fine.
Thank you for sharing this unusual critter with us.
I agree with Gert, not scary but a fine specimen. "A big bug" ! Would love to get this one in my sights. Nice shot, Janice. It shows nice details. Is the exposure settings correct? 30 seconds??
- scottevers7 (12309)
- [2006-01-10 7:32]
What a freaky looking creature! I would love to catch one of those and photograph it from every angle. Looks like something from the Sci-Fi channel....Neat shot!
- TAZ (10926)
- [2006-01-10 7:40]
Wooooow ! What an impressive macro that you have very well done ! I appreciate also the complementary note... Congratulations Janice and thanks for sharing.
- PDP (11769)
- [2006-01-10 16:00]
It is a pretty scary bugger isn't it! Nic close up Janice. good details and thanks for including the WS. Nice work.
- anavazao (3829)
- [2006-01-11 16:57]
Great macro and composition!
Great portrait of this amazing insect. I would like to see one alive one day. The ears on the front legs are perfectly visible!
Great note. Best greetings,
- roconnell (224)
- [2006-01-14 18:38]
Wonderfully detailed view of this Weta. It does look like an odd relative of the grasshopper - maybe it the long antennae. Nice DOF with great shades of brown.
- livios (16942)
- [2006-01-17 0:00]
Janice, you posted a monster.
Excellent sharpness, composition and "pose".
A scary one.
- peter_stoeckl (11530)
- [2006-02-04 9:31]
Great capture, Janice!
Amazing details. Dare-devil POV. Great, useful, thrilling notes, too. What a ferocious creature! Action photography at its best.
Your workshop is also very informative to anybody who has not been introduced to a weta yet - I've not even heard of it before. Size of head and jaws is XXL. Brave folks, living in NZ. Posting great pictures, too! Thank you!
- pitai (1212)
- [2006-02-06 7:15]
Wow Janice!!! I never saw something like this in my hole life. Actually is very scary and looks very big too. Very good fronta picture of this inscect. thanks for sharing. Gabriel
- efigesta (152)
- [2006-02-06 7:35]
interesting animal, the dof and the pov perfect here
- goutham_ramesh (12237)
- [2007-01-06 23:43]
Very useful and very informative note. Great capture, the details on the subject is amazing.
I just discovered this amazing picture in your gallery! Its head is really huge (relatively to the rest of body). Fantastic creature! :) For me it looks similar (in size only of course) to S European Saga pedo, about 15-17 cm Orthoptera species which does not need males! It is partenogenetic insect ;)
TFS this "dangerous" cricket!
Greetings from Lodz,
Actually weta are found all over the world and aren't at all primitive :) Total myth