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Cave Weta - for Radomir

Cave Weta - for Radomir
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-18
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ8
Exposure: f/4, 1/30 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-12-15 12:36
Viewed: 5061
Points: 18
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
This is for Radomir who posted a photo of a Cave Cricket from Montenegro a few days ago.
We have over 50 species of Cave Weta in New Zealand.
The largest is the Giant Cave Weta from Poor Knights Island can measure 45cm from the tip of its antenna to its back legs!
Cave Wetas are completely deaf and make no sound at all.
They are usually found in colonies on the roofs of caves close to the entrance,inside old gold or coal mines,and inside hollow trees and logs.
Most Cave Weta in my experience have distinct cream and brown markings (except for some smaller,more colourful species) so I was surprised to find this light grey one in an old gold mine at Woods Creek near Greymouth.
It does look veery similar to the one posted by Radomir.
I will have to send this one off to the experts at Landcare Research too.

I have had a lot of CLOSE contact with Cave Weta.
When I have been exploring caves,I have sometimes been crawling through low stream passages om my back (face up out of water to breathe) and these have been jumping all over me as they are startled by my light.
Luckily,they are quite docile creatures with small mandibles,and never bite....they just tickle :)

This was taken in rather a hurry,handheld,with an LCD light I think,or maybe just flash....not sure on that one???
Hope you like it anyway.
Thanks for viewing.


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Ciao Steve, beautiful capture of cave creature, flash will be dangerous for it, splendid details and great sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hello Steve
I came back newly and now I can visit your last posts. This is very nice shot for interesting looking cave cricket. Nicely focused and composed. I also took several ones similar cavernicolous crickets in last summer. also I saw today one in Radomir's post. I am sure that he will like it very much.
Thanks for sharing, best wishes

Caves have this very special quality to, for the most part, remain a constant environment for all sorts things both human and insect. I have read of N Indian Sanyasin who have lived in caves unbeknown to most and at high altitudes for many years....so to me...investigating inside them by another such as you....it is something I will not do in this life...but to see it through your eyes is fascinating. And beyond that, the image is fine..Will you help contribute to the cause:-) Panasonic G1...I may even give up video to get one...being the beggar I am..

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  • gannu Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1001 W: 4 N: 3276] (14759)
  • [2008-12-16 4:52]

Hello Steve, WoW how did you find this? you have a lovely nature gift eyes. Well shot Ganesh

Hi Steve,

good macro shot from this Cave weta, a pity from the shadow beneath his head but still a good picture.
Beautiful colours.


Hi Steve, awonderful capture of a tettigonid hopper from an nice an unsusual POV with lovely composition and nice details.
A great dedication our entomologist friend Radek too.
TFS and cheers,

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  • foozi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 2800 W: 0 N: 6695] (25837)
  • [2008-12-17 5:26]

Hi Steve,
the soider is always difficult to shoot especially in a plce like this. It clarity is hard to define, but you make it well here.
Lovely and exciting.


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  • joey Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
  • [2008-12-17 14:40]

Hi mate,
a good shot of this unusual insect!
Those antenna are amazingly long!
Great sharpness.
Brilliant DOF.

Well done,

Hi Steve!
Wow! This one really looks similar to European species of cave crickets :) It is amazing that species from so different regions can be so similar in shape and size! Great documentary picture!!! And a funny note! :)
I am very grateful for so unique dedication :) Many, mnay thanks Steve!!! :>
Greetings from Lodz,

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