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Oak bushcricket

Oak bushcricket
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Copyright: Felipe Mateo and Cristina (extramundi) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1880 W: 338 N: 4268] (13178)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-09-15
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony DSC-F717
Exposure: f/8, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Grasshopper & Crickets [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-10-01 10:33
Viewed: 4209
Points: 24
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Oak bushcricket
Meconema thalassinum Male
The cricket I posted recently was quite big, but this is a small and beautiful one that can be found around here.
Body length: 12-15 mm. Pale green, with wings extending beyond the tip of the abdomen. Female has a long, upward-curving ovipositor. Male has two thin, inward-curving cerci, about 3 mm long. Long yellow mark down the back, with two brown flecks on either side.
Habitat: Trees, particularly oaks. Southern Sweden to northern Spain, Italy.
Adults are seen from July to October.

It was a challenge and a strange experience to try to photograph this thing. The boby is small but the total length with antenas must be around 6 Cm. I had a good angle, so tryed to get some shots to show the extra long antenas, but the problem was not the DOF. The criket kept following my objetive with one of his apendix everywhere I moved. I got some shots with both antenas but always the same one dissapears because is perpendicular to my camera and of course out of field.. I dont know if it was watching me, or tryed to smell the cam with his sensor. The photo looses a lot of detail with the reduction, but I wanted to show the antena.

Hope you like!

PP: Crop, Slight color selective saturation, NI, resize, frame.

TAZ, marhowie, RAP, carper, gerhardt, japie, milloup, AndyB, PDP, peter_stoeckl, Robbrown has marked this note useful
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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2004-10-01 11:57]

Belle composition pour cette sauterelle étonnante ! La bonne qualité de la photo permet de voir la texture du corps qui ressemble à une feuille.
Well done !

Felipe, Interesting composition. Always fun trying to fit those feelers in the frame! This looks just like what we commonly call "Katydids" here in Texas. Great depth,detail & color..Great photo!

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-01 12:30]
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En general estos bichos Felipe, son desagradables o al menos, no tienen nada de simpáticos.
Pero la cara de este ejemplar, realmente es divertida.
Hermosos colores, con excelente nitidez y buen DOF.
Estas cámaras que no llegan más allá de F8... alli radica el único detalle por lo que eligiria una reflex.

Very nice Felipe.
Good composition , nice colours , good DOF and good sharpness.
Good note.
Well done.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-10-01 14:26]

Wauw what a thing, I thought it was a leaf,
But it is an insect, very good camouflage, very good capture, very good job Felipe.

Felipe, you did well to get that loooooonnnnggg antennae into the frame. :) Nice compo and sharp details. Interesting note and insect. Well done.

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  • japie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1814 W: 100 N: 1904] (5187)
  • [2004-10-01 15:26]

This is a WOW shot! I really like the composition and you have capture this very well. The colors is excellent and the Sharpness excellent. The DOF needs special mention as the whole antennae is sharp.

Thanks for posting

Very sharp capture of this little fellow, and you even managed to keep one antenna within DOF range to show how long it is. I've noticed that critters with long antennaes will often wave them (or one of them) towards you when you're lining up for a shot. I don't know if they're capable of detecting movement by "feeling" the air.

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-03 13:48]

Felipe, it gorgeous. Beautiful colours and composition. Getting that antenna in makes it ever better. Well done.

I just found this and think its great.Do you use spot mode when taking these shots? We have this creature in New Zealand but they are a little bigger and greener. They are called Katydid.The species is Caedcia simplex.I'll get a shot of one later in the summer.

Hi Felipe,
very elegant, well composed portrait of that cricket. I love the antennae crossing that picture diagonally from a long distance. The colour contrasts between red and green shades are very beautiful and artistically chosen. Details are perfect, too. Thank you, and best regards,

Hi felipe, having looked at it and mine and other web images I think it is the same as mine a Sickle bearing Bush Cricket. the wings are definatly of different lengths. and the size looks about right.
Good shot from a difficult angle along the length of the body. TFS yours Robert

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