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Copyright: Michal Grabowski (cedryk) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 967 W: 50 N: 1722] (5270)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-07-31
Categories: Insects
Camera: Canon 400D, Sigma 70mm F2.8 EX DG Macro, @ ISO 100, extension ring 31mm
Exposure: f/18.0, 1/200 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2009-07-31 14:19
Viewed: 4500
Points: 8
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dear Friends,
Today I will show you another result of my "neighborhood expedition". I would like you to meet an insect that despite its wide distribution and being a common guest in our gardens and houses is not often portraited on TN.

Meconema thalassinum - Oak bush-cricket (drumming katydid)
Subfamily: Meconematinae
Family: Tettigonidae
Suborder: Ensifera
Order: Orthoptera

This small (14-20 mm long) tettigonid is having wide distribution in southern, western and central Europe. It occurs only in foliage of trees, very often even in big cities. As all tettigonids it's predatory and hunting for other small insects around. Females are characterized by possesing long ovipositor, almost dubling the length of the body. The species is native to Europe, but in 1957 was introduced somehow to United States, and established in north-eastern states.

During the summer, starting from late July this katydid is often attracted by lights and comes to human houses through open windows. Generally, I have an impression that the species becomes more and more abundant in my city during last years - would it be a sign of climate warming?

Also, this is probably one of the prettiest orthopterans leaving in anthropogenic environment - the bright green colour of its body is nicely accompanied by the yellow and red stripe running along its back.

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  • gondox Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 356 W: 65 N: 342] (1585)
  • [2009-07-31 17:42]

Hi Michal!

I usually don't find animals like this "nice" from such a short distance, but this one really is beautiful, or let's say you presented it in such a wonderful way :)
And almost no sign of flash... that really is a god job!
Stunning colors and perfect sharpness, TFS!

Best regards,

  • Argus Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5038 W: 260 N: 15594] (50626)
  • [2009-08-01 0:52]

Hello Michal,
A fine capture of this Oak Bush Cricket that is not that common in Sweden, but many are surely not observed!
Nice technical qualities and the presentation make this a fine portrait of this species.
Thanks and have a good weekend,

Hi Michal

Good green macro :)
A fine presentation of this small katydid. Excellent sharpness and details, great DOF.


Czesc Misiu
Fajna seria fotek. Fajnie ze sie uaktywniles. Ta tez mi sie podoba. Przede wszystkim piekny zwierzak, i super nasycone zilone odcienie. Stwot jest ostry i jednoczesnie ladnie wyizolowany z ciemnego tla

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2009-08-01 3:51]

Hello Michal,
Great photo of this cricket. The light and colours are very beautiful. Excellent sharp details, POV, composition and DOF.

Hello Michal.

This is a nice photograph from Meconema thalassinum. Very good sharpness as well as a good depth of field. We can see many details. I like the green color from the cricket on the green color from the leaf. Also, the tiny red line on the top of the insect and the eye which is also red. I like the point of view with one regret, which is that the antennas have been cut.

Anyway, this is a lovely photograph.

All the best.


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