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Alpine Grasshopper

Alpine Grasshopper
Photo Information
Copyright: Peter Roos (batu) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1079 W: 293 N: 4497] (16383)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-07-10
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus E1, Zuiko Digital 35mm f/3.5-22, Macro
Exposure: f/9.0, 1/50 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Orthoptera of Europe incl. Turkey-2 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-08-21 8:44
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Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The picture shows the grasshopper
- Gomphocerus sibiricus (= Aeropus sibiricus)
- family: Acrididae

German: Sibirische Keulenschrecke

Species information
In middle Europe, the occurence of G. sibiricus is restricted to the Alps. It is locally found from about 1200 m upwards reaching 2800 m as is known from habitsts in Switzerland (I will show a specimen from here later because it differs in colouration).
G. sibiricus prefers sunny and dry places
The species is characterized by the dilated tibiae of the forelegs and the slightly clubbed antennae.
Body length is about 20 mm.

North Italian Alps, Rosim-Valley as a steep tributary of the Martell-Valley, about 1900 m

- natural low late afternoon light (ISO 400)
- handheld

* Bellmann H (2006) Der Kosmos Heuschreckenführer. - Franckh-Kosmos Verlag, Stuttgart.
* Tauscher H (1986) Unsere Heuschrecken. - Franckhsche Verlagshandlung, Stuttgart.

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Hello Peter. You must have got very close to the subject shooting this image with 35mmFL. Excellent sharpness with vivid detail and no sign of grain at ISO400. Well isolated subject against the silenced background. I like this tight crop image. Well done. Jusni

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3396 W: 172 N: 3310] (10940)
  • [2008-08-21 9:09]

Hello Peter,
What a fine grasshopper very nicely captured here. Great focus on the eye and the details and colours are nice and clear. Interesting to see the club-shaped leg!
TFS and best wishes, Ulla

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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-08-21 9:25]
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Hello Peter,
A fine macro of this alpine species, the Club-legged Grasshopper, well seen with excellent sharpness on a stone, especially showing the swollen tibia of this male. You have made max. use of the available ambient light to give a good DOF.
Thanks for sharing what must be a new species on TN?
Best wishes, Ivan

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  • cloud Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 497 W: 111 N: 1535] (9539)
  • [2008-08-21 9:26]

Hello Peter,
Your grasshopper have interesting colours with very good sharpness. This stone suit very well to subject.
Regards, Pawel

Hi Peter, a perfectly focused and composed macro shot of an Alpine grasshoper with superb DOF.
TFS and greetings from TRNC,

hello Peter,
excellent shapness and vivid details
of this Alpine Grasshopper
the notes of species like always detailed

best regards sERGIO

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  • crs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 469 W: 0 N: 922] (3551)
  • [2008-08-21 10:42]

Hi Peter,

This is a great close-up of the grasshopper. Image quality is great having sharp details and a very well adapted DOF. Excelent natural colors are rendered as you have made good use of the light.

Thank you for sharing,

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  • Kaszek Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 237 W: 50 N: 391] (1451)
  • [2008-08-21 10:54]

Hi Peter!
Fantastic quality and very interesting post. Nice POV, very fine BG and natural colours.
Well done and TFS!

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  • pvs Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1127 W: 254 N: 3161] (14464)
  • [2008-08-21 11:33]

Hi Peter,

A nice capture,he posed nicely on the stone,as you already wrote in your note it has quite strange forms on the foreleg,I wonder if this has got any functionality,tfs


Hi Peter,
Excellent shot, nice afternoon light and beautiful background. Very strange tibia, wich is helpful to recognise this species. TFS,

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  • mariki Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
  • [2008-08-21 13:21]

Hello Peter,

Very good picture of this grasshopper. Excellent POV, DOF and focus. Excellent sharpness and great detail. With the bad weather, the grasshoppers are also very shy this year. I could only see one this year, in Brussel.

Hello Peter,
Very sharp and well composed close-up. TFS.
- Nirmal

Hello Peter!
What an original creature! Its legs (1 pair) are especially interesting for me, is it possible that this is a male? (In many beetles males have wide front legs to grasp felames during coputation, but I do not know too much about Orthoptera :>).
Very interesting presentation!
TFS and have a nice evening!

Spot on focus, natural colours and pleasing composition, Peter.
I like the rock on which it is perched; there is veritable synergy between the two.
Thanks and regards.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-08-22 11:44]

Hi Peter,very excellent pic as your style,this year we have a lot too of this grasshoppers,but they always jump when i try to capture..ehehe...perfect details and point of view,my best compliments,have a nice weekend,Luciano

Ciao Batu, splendid grasshopper with wonderful details and excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

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