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Polysarcus denticauda

Polysarcus denticauda
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Copyright: Dietrich Meyer (meyerd) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 585 W: 64 N: 2238] (7531)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-08-30
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus SP500 UZ
Exposure: f/6.3, 1/800 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-01-19 8:11
Viewed: 4034
Points: 4
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
An oldie:
Back in 2005 I found several of the Polysarca denticauda (Orthoptera; Tettigoniidae; Wanstschrecke) in the Bjelašnica mountains south of Sarajevo. The animals protect their stubby wings (with which the males make sounds) with the extended prothorax. I took the picture with an Olympus compact camera at about 1'200 m a.s.l. Surprisingly, some minutes before this shot was taken we saw two wolves crossing our path. The mountains are quite deserted, the karstic soil is just good enough for pasturing sheep. The forests are still dangerous because of personal mines, leftovers from the cruel civil war. But with the help of a local guide you can wander around off the paths safely.

ID of this 30 mm long male was erroneous at first, I had arrived at Psorodonotus illyricus and named the picture accordingly, sorry for that. As Jo Sk from Croatia pointed out, the subgenital plate clearly extends up between the cerci, excluding Psorodonotus. I used H. Bellmann, 2006. Der Kosmos Heuschreckenführer. Franckh-Kosmos Verlag Stuttgart Germany and a publication of R. Ebner, 1923 (www.landesmuseum.at/pdf_frei_remote/KON_2_0249-0256.pdf)

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hello Dietrich
Very good details of this specie
great details and beautiful naturel colours
thanks greeting lou

Hi Dietrich,
what a nice photo of this interesting species. Great point of view. Amazing colours. Very good composition.
Thanks for sharing,

Hello Dietrich,
Excellent photo presentation of this interesting Psorodonotus illyricus, useful description too!
Regards, Joska

  • JoSk (0)
  • [2014-07-09 7:53]

this is not Psorodonotus illyricus, but Polysarcus denticauda. Look at the hind leg tibia/tarsus connection, there are no movable flaps. Also, look the pronotum shape - it is not characteristic of P. illyricus. And the last and the most important thing is subgenital plate passing abobe cerci, what is not the case in P. illyricus.


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