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Quiet-calling Katydids (Meconematinae)

Quiet-calling Katydids (Meconematinae)
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Copyright: marie christine guegan (mariki) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 838 W: 60 N: 2307] (9477)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-08-29
Categories: Insects
Camera: Samsung digimax D103
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Orthoptera [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2008-09-05 4:59
Viewed: 3900
Points: 32
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Meconema sp. , male, I hesitate between thalassinum and meridionale

Oak Bush Cricket nymph (Neth: boomsprinkhaan) or Southern Oak Bush Cricket (Neth: zuidelijke boomsprinkhaan)?

Oak Bush Cricket

This Bush-cricket is pale green with a pale line running down the centre of the head and thorax and abdoment, which is pale yellow in immature specimens, turning brown in adults. There is a pair of brown smudges on the back of the thorax, each proceeded by a small black spot. There is also a diffuse brown patch over the folded wings about one third of the way along their length. The limbs are an almost translucent pale green. The long ovipositor of the female is upturned with a brown tip.

Behaviour and life history: The Oak Bush-cricket is nocturnal and usually not noticed during the day. At night it becomes active and is attracted to lights and so may be found in houses, on windows and under street and other bright lights. It is rarely seen during the day but can often been found when beating shrubs and lower tree branches. It is almost entirely carnivorous, feeding on smaller invertebrates. Females can often be found on tree trunks looking for suitable egg-laying sites, during late evening. The females lay their eggs in crevices in tree bark. The eggs over winter and the nymphs emerge in June of the folowing year becoming adult in late July or August.

Southern Oak Bush Cricket

Rather new in the Netherlands. The very short wings and the shape of the gently curved ovipositor enable the observer to make a distinction between this species and the closely related Oak Bush Cricket which is fully winged as an adult. Southern Oak Bush Crickets have probably been accidentally imported on vehicles or with plants and have been the subject of several recent articles in the entomological press.

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Hi Marie,
What a perfectly focused and clear macro! You captured this rare species with great clarity and details my friend! Superb in all around!
Many thanks for sharing this.


Hi Marie!
The light maybe is not perfect, but again you presented a very nice creature. I like your presentations a lot, they are not very comercial but there is always something interesting to see. The species you present are often very unique, not only in TN gallery. This time is no exception. This nymph of Meconema is probably the only photo of this insect larva in TN gallery!

Another very important PLUS in your presentation is: a note. Always informative and full of interesting details about occurrence, biology and ecology of photographed insect. All togher (photo + note) make such presentation very educational even for someone who works with insect for longer time.
Once again Marie: BRAVO!!! and please keep this style! :>
Greetings from Lodz,

Hello Mariki, wa perfect macro of this Oak Bush Cricket nymph.
Wonderful details and sharpness. TFS and regards,

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  • zulfu Gold Star Critiquer [C: 685 W: 0 N: 2] (43)
  • [2008-09-05 5:37]

Hi Marie, superb close-up of a baby cricket with splendid lighting, details and great useful notes. TFS.

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  • Adanac Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1273 W: 1 N: 6188] (21378)
  • [2008-09-05 7:04]

Hello Marie,
Impressive bug with amazing antenna. Very well imaged as always Marie, thank you.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
  • [2008-09-05 11:23]

Salut Marie,une qualite' impressionante,pas facile avec le derriere blanc avoir des details et sourtout des couleurs si parfaicts,mes plus gros compliments et bon weekend,Luciano

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2008-09-05 11:36]

Hi Marie. You seem to get your share of Insects or is it you notice them more the i do. This is unusual with its clear green body , which you have taken so well with fine detail and natural colours. Not an easy shot against the white wall but you have done well. TFS.

Have a nice weekend.

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2008-09-05 23:16]

Hi Marie,
Wonderful close-up shot of this Oak Bush Cricket with very impressive sharpness and clear details. Nice soft colours and I like your choice of top POV to portary it. Very nicely composed. Thanks for sharing.

Hi Marie,
A nice capture of this beautiful Oak cricket. Very well composed wit sharp details. Very good POV to present it. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Ciao Mariki, fantastic macro of little creature, wonderful details and splendid sharpness, very well done, have a good week end, ciao Silvio

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 988 W: 4 N: 3277] (14761)
  • [2008-09-06 3:18]

Hello marie Superb sharp picture and presented nicely. Good colors and lovely POV. Ganesh

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  • izler Gold Star Critiquer [C: 1387 W: 3 N: 9] (44)
  • [2008-09-06 3:42]

merhaba marie
everytime you are presenting interesting models from nature and their beautiful photos for us
i like POV, DOF, light, colours, details and informative note

Hello mariki an another great macro shot from you. TFS.
Regards, Deniz

Hi Marie,

another good presented insect.
Good macroshot and with lots of details.


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  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2008-09-06 22:12]

Hello Mariki,
A great capture of an Oak Bush Cricket nicely portrayed with the help of flash on the wall to include the long antennae from a fine dorsal POV.
TFS this fine image.
(I hope you can stay with us after your recent critiques!)

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2008-09-07 10:25]

Bonjour Marie, même à contre-jour ton exposition est parfaite et les détails très nets, bravo!


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