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Chortippus parallelus.

Chortippus parallelus.
Photo Information
Copyright: Sebastien Lucas (Esox) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-07-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F828, Sony close-up lens 58mm
Exposure: f/4, 1/160 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Grasshopper & Crickets [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-07-30 13:24
Viewed: 5668
Points: 24
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note [French]
Acrididés are the most familiar orthopters, living in the grass and which, the afternoon of summer, fill up our campaigns with their song.
They have short and robust antennas. The majority of the species are able to fly, but of others, such Chorthippus parallelus, presented here, have only atrophied wings. The ovipositor is small and often partially hidden; one can however distinguish the sexes by the posterior end which is always raised in the males.
These insects live in grass and the low vegetation, but good number of them show a preference for a particular biotope. This specie, inapt for the flight, lives in any meadow if it’s not too dry.
It’s one of our most common species.
Acrididés are almost exclusively phytophage and are nourished of grass and some other plants. The female immediately lays its eggs in bunches of approximately a dozen under surface of the ground or at the base of grass tufts. These bunches are then covered with a spumous matter which hardens to form an envelope which protects them during the autumn and the winter.
The blossoming begins in spring and one sees appearing the adults in june after four moults. The song of acrididés is produced by the posterior legs which have stridulation teeth on the internal face.
When it "sings", the insect moves its from top to bottom legs, by rubbing the stridulation teeth against a hardened vein of wings. The females of certain species are capable to sing, but the teeth of the wings are smaller than the males, and they produce a sound much softer.

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  • Great 
  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-07-30 13:40]

Nice! The colours are very very good, superb detail in the head. He's in a odd and interesing position, I like the way the grass blades intersect at the insect :-)

Another one well done!

Notes are very imformative too.

Jolies couleurs, bel encadrement de présentation également.
C'est rare d'en voir de si gros plan de ces petites bêtes qui galopent derrière chez moi.
Note explicative bien complète.

Good shot of this Chortippus parallelus, I find the grass to the right a bit distracting though

  • Great 
  • cecile Silver Star Critiquer [C: 43 W: 0 N: 7] (1060)
  • [2004-07-30 17:16]

très joli portrait de cette sauterelle

j'ai essaye d'en prendre cet aprem, mais pas possible je devais sauté avec lui, tu t'imagines mon Focus...j'aurais du lui donner un sommnifere...enfin se sera pour une prochaien fois...en tous les cas ta macro est très bien reussie...bien vu ...bon boulot...amicalement BI

These critters are so hard to get, because the grass always seems to get in the way (and you have to be almost on your belly to get one from a decent angle (not looking down on it..). I like the angle here, good details on the front of the body. My preference would have been for a higher F-stop for more DOF, but maybe that would have given you too slow a shutter in this case.

  • Great 
  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-07-31 1:54]

Belle macro d'une bestiole difficile à photographier ! Jolies couleurs et belle composition mise en valeur par le cadre ;-)

Sebastien your now a master.
Very good capture here from this grashopper. Very nice composition, great colours. I love that purple eye of him, very good job

Good capture of the grasshopper.
Nice color and composition

  • Great 
  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-07-31 6:30]

Gran captura Sebastien.
Excelente DOF y colorido para la presentacion de este insecto.
Muy completa tu nota tambien.

Great capture Sebastien.
Excellent colorful DOF and for the presentation of this insect.
Very complete your note also.

  • Great 
  • Luko Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 30 W: 6 N: 55] (134)
  • [2004-07-31 13:19]

Excellent, the focus is absolutely dead on, the DoF is superb and the blurred parts of the foreground are framing the grasshopper in a very interesting way!

The boon for me is that I love green color... and that's a symphony of green.. my 10 out of 10.

  • Great 
  • Callie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1101 W: 95 N: 2610] (7555)
  • [2004-07-31 14:12]

This is a ture macro shot, with just enough sharp to whet the appetite, and the rest fading to keep the interest. Very well done, Sebastien.

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