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Tettigonia yellow-brown

Tettigonia yellow-brown
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Copyright: Luciano Gollini (lousat) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6595 W: 89 N: 15659] (65489)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2011-09-06
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/4, 1/500 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-06 12:01
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Points: 46
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Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Family: Tettigoniidae
Genus: Tettigonia
Species: T. viridissima

Tettigonia viridissima, the Great Green Bush-Cricket, is a species of 'katydids crickets' belonging to the family Tettigoniidae subfamily Tettigoniinae. This species can be encountered from the Europe to Mongolia, especially in meadows, grasslands, prairies and occasionally in gardens.
The adult males grow up to 28–36 millimetres (1.1–1.4 in) long, while females reach 32–42 millimetres (1.3–1.7 in). This insect is most often completely green (but there are specimens completely yellowish or with yellow legs), excluding a rust-colored band on top of the body. The organ of the stridulation of the males is generally brown.
Tettigonia viridissima is distinguished by its very long and thin antennae, which can sometimes reach up to three times the length of the body, thus differentiating them from grasshoppers, which always carry short antennae. Possible confusion with Tettigonia cantans, whose wings are shorter than the ovipositor of a centimeter and Tettigonia caudata whose hind femurs bear very visible black spines.
The morphology of both sexes is very similar, but the female has an egg-laying organ (ovipositor) that can reach a length of 23 to 32 23–32 millimetres (0.91–1.3 in). It reaches the end of the elytra and is slightly curved downward. The larvae are green and as the imago show on their back a thin brown longitudinal stripe. The ovipositor can be seen from the fifth stage, the wings appear in both genders from the sixth stage.
Tettigonia viridissima is carnivorous and arboreal. Its diet is mostly composed of flies, caterpillars and larvae. Unlike many grasshoppers it is essentially active in day and night, as testifyed by its endless crepuscular and nocturnal singing.


Nome Volgare: Locusta verdissima, Cavalletta verde. Dimensioni: maschio 28-36 mm, femmina 32-42 mm, ovopositore 24-33 mm. Descrizione: grossa specie di color verde erba con banda bruna dorsale, con sottospecie giallo-bruno. Come per la Tettigonia cantans il canto dei maschi, molto forte, è udibile sia di giorno che di notte. Si ciba principalmente di insetti (larve, bruchi, mosche, piccole farfalle, etc.) e di vegetali. Distribuzione e habitat: è presente in tutta Italia, isole comprese, dalla pianura fino a 1400 metri di quota. Si osserva nei prati ad alte erbe, campi, cespuglieti, sulle fronde degli alberi nei boschi e, a volte, anche in città. Periodo di attività: adulti da luglio ad ottobre.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-01-06 12:08]

Hello Luciano,
Great photo in superb sharpness and details. Beautiful light and natural colours. Excellent DOF. Nice vertical composition.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-01-06 12:14]

Hello Luciano,
Wonderful close up.Sharpness,POV,lighting,details,sharpness and composition are very good.Best regards Siggi

Bonsoir Luciano,

La végétation cadre bien l'insecte. La prise de vue permet de voir les détails et les couleurs du criquet. La bonne luminosité met en valeur les couleurs de l'image. Bonne soirée.


Hello Luciano,
Wow....excellent image....
A very nice capture with amazing details and sharpness.
Lovely natural colors and exceptional clarity.
Thanks for sharing!

Ciao Luciano. Strepitosa gestione del più terribile dei controluce. Ottima nitidezza.

ps: Mezzora per mettere su 'sto commento. Vado a nanna... sciuazz


Hi Luciano,
really interesting species. Very good point of view. Excellent light. Great sharpness and details.
Have a nice weekend,

Ciao Luciano.
Una foto da vero maestro,con una gestione della luce sorprendente,ottima la nitidezza come i dettagli.stupendi i colori,molto bene la composizione complimenti.
Ciao Marco.
Grazie della condivisione.

Salut Luciano

Cette insecte-là pourrait facilement être
camouflé dans son environement même si elle
n'aurais pas la même couleur, excellent POV
et cadrage approprié, belle lumière, superbe focus
netteté et détails, excellent contraste des tons de couleurs,



Ciao Luciano, stasera TN va un'altra volta a camomilla, grande gestione della luce, fantastica macro con dettagli strepitosi e ottima nitidezza, bravissimo, buon week end, ciao Silvio

I like how you framed this Bush-Cricket, Luciano. Uniquely captured in vertical perch and exposing well against the green surrounding. Sharp and nice tone. Thanks and kind regards,

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-01-06 16:03]

Ciao Luciano!
Contrary to the nature, this charming cricket does not want to shows its camouflage... Wonderful pic, dear Luciano with good control of light and lovely details.Bravo!TFS
Best wishes,

PS: many thanks for visiting my gallery! I appreciated it!

This insect is a new species for me, Luciano.
Despite trying light conditions, you have managed a clear shot with pretty good details on the entire insect.
TFS and regards.

Interesting to see this color form. Suitable background and good detail. Nice point of view and good focus.
regards yiannis

Hello Luciano
Beautiful photo with wonderful colours and very good sharpness!

Hello Luciano
Excellent photo of this grasshoper great sharp details,very fine colors and compozition.
Best regards

Hello Luciano,
Sharp focus and well exposed image. The composition is attractive. Have a nice weekend.

Salut Luciano,
bienque le contrast entre insecte et arrière-plan soit très difficile tu as bien maitrisé la situation. Insecte très intéressant.

hello Luciano
very nice to see this colour
great details and good sharpness
very nice colours to
thanks greeting lou

a nice photo with great sharpness. good colour combination and choosing of light angle.

Hello Luciano,
Great macro with detailed sharpness and colours, POV, DOF, light and natural colours. Great work.
Best regards,

Excelente formato, colores, nitidez... y captándola además a contraluz.
Muy poco vista por lo tanto interesante.
Saludos Luciano: J. Ignasi.

Hello Luciano,
great capture of this insect with a well chosen vertical format and good sharpness. I also like the fine light and the beautiful colours.
Best wishes,

Hello Luciano,
Very interesting species you show in this capture with fine details, great sharpness and natural colours. Well done!

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