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Bad photo - but interesting

Bad photo - but interesting
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Copyright: Janice Dunn (Janice) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-06-24
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon EOS 30d, Canon EF 24-105mm f/4 L IS USM
Exposure: f/4, 1/250 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2007-07-03 3:25
Viewed: 4139
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Shot in the dark!!

Now, I shot this blind. I was on a small train in the Waitakere Rangesand while going through one of the tunnells, we were told to look out for cave wetas. So when I heard someone say that they were up high – I took this photo. The original is in the Workshop. As you can see – I was lucky to get a shot of them at all.

It’s not a clear picture, but to me it is interesting – I have never seen Cave Wetas before, and to see them like this on the wall of the cave was very special for me.

Here’s what I found about Cave Wetas on Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia:


Weta are around 70 insect species endemic to the New Zealand archipelago.

They are large by insect standards, some species among the largest and heaviest in the world. Their physical appearance is that of a cross between a cockroach and a cricket with the addition of large legs. Their name (strictly, wētā) comes from a word in the Māori language, meaning "god of ugly things", but has been incorporated into New Zealand English, so the plural "wetas" is used.

New Zealand had no native land mammals apart from native bats before humans arrived. Ecological niches that were filled by mammals in other parts of the world were filled by native fauna in New Zealand. The weta’s place in the ecosystem is comparable to that held by mice and other rodents elsewhere in the world. For example, like their foreign mouse equivalents, they are hunted by an owl: in this case the Morepork, New Zealand’s only surviving native owl. Weta also pass seeds of some plant species through their digestive tracts unharmed, thus acting as seed dispersers. It is yet to be seen how decreases in weta populations are affecting native plant species that rely on the weta's help.

Cave weta
Gymnoplectron acanthocerum Milligan
Order : Orthoptera
Family: Rhaphidophoridae

The sixty species of cave weta have extra-long antennae, longer legs, a passive demeanour and deafness. Cave weta may be active within the confines of their caves during the daytime. They are classified as being in genera in Subfamily Ceuthophilinae of family Rhaphidophoridae, thus making them distant cousins of the other types of weta.

As I said, it’s NOT a good photo, but I hope you also find it interesting…

Check out how bad the original is – see the Workshop!!!

Runnerduck, medamana, gracious, bobcat08, marhowie, Argus, Kathleen has marked this note useful
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You're right Janice, it is very interesting! I hope you were wearing a hat *lol*
The image reminds me of the Indiana Jones movies.
Obviously the quality of this image was completely out of your control so under the circumstances ten out of ten!
A great informative post, thanks for sharing.

selam, Great shot and very good composition. Well done ! Regards ridvan

Looking at the workshop, it's not such a "bad" photo, probably the best you could get in those circumstances! I think I'll stay out of New Zealand caves too now. Very interesting shot as you say, well done.

Hi Janice,
yes, it's realy interesting but I don't like those insects so much, to imagine such an insect would fall down on my head, äääähhhh!
You had a wonderful result with your blind-shot, I like it, thanks and greetings
Sabine - wishnugaruda

Hello Janice,
Thank you so much for your effort for showing this good photo to me and it is very interesting!
you brought the weta in such a closeness that we realised they were there!
thanks for sharing
Kia Ora

Hi Janice,

First of all, what a job you have in the workshop. You see even details!!! Well done. Regards and TFS Bob

Hi Janice,
Very cool! Thanks for sharing, I enjoyed the informative notes as well :)

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2007-07-04 8:20]

Hello Janice,
Very interesting capture of these special cave crickets that must be a first for the species on TN. You can clearly see what they are as well as their long antennae: not as bad as you suggest.
TFS and best wishes, Ivan

Hi Janice
I know exactly what you mean by shooting blind. I only had a pocket instant camera that I aimed and hoped it would come out. We were walking through this cave and told to shine our tourches on the roof, oh my gosh, hundreds of them. When the lights on them they started to move. Ahhhhhhhhhhh. So you can imagine the movement when the flash went off, we ran.
Well done showing the detail you have, it is something not alot of people would see.

New Zealand

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