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A strange customer

A strange customer
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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: 2012-07-08
Categories: Insects
Camera: Sony Cybershot DSC HX1
Exposure: f/8, 1/500 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2012-08-28 10:54
Viewed: 2203
Points: 38
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Many friends of TN are lucky enough to find butterflies and insects in their garden, but this time I also had this strange customers directly on the tablecloth tables of my bar .....

Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Family: Acrididae
Genus: Calliptamus
Species: C. italicus

Calliptamus italicus is a species of 'short-horned grasshoppers' belonging to the family Acrididae subfamily Calliptaminae.
This species is native of the steppes of Central Asia, but it is nowadays present in most of Europe, in estern Palearctic ecozone, in North Africa and in the Near East.
It is a medium-sized grasshopper characterized by a significant sexual dimorphism. The adult males grow up to 14–26 millimetres (0.55–1.0 in) long, while females reach 21–40 millimetres (0.83–1.6 in) of length. They can be encountered from July through October in fields, in dry meadows and arid environments
This species is quite variable in size an colour. The basic coloration of the body varies from gray to brownish-reddish. The wings have a characteristic reddish or pinkish coloration, better visible when the insect is in flight. Quite evident is the dilating membrane ('pallium') of the subgenital plate of males.
Calliptamus italicus is a polyphagous species, able to feed at the expense of various wild plants, but also on crops, especially legumes. Alfalfa (Medicago sativa) is among the species preferred by juveniles, but have been reported sporadic cases of infestation on corn and vine.
Their life cycle lasts one year. The egg-laying takes place in late August - early September, usually in rocky areas exposed to the South. The female lays eggs in the soil within an ootheca that can hold 25 to 55 eggs wrapped in a spongy secretion. The appearance of the larvae takes place in May–June, the first adults appear in July.
In certain circumstances this species may develop a tendency to gregariousness with formation of very numerous aggregates, potentially harmful to crops.

Calliptamus italicus

Molti amici di TN hanno la fortuna di trovare farfalle e insetti nel loro giardino,ma questa volta anche io ho avuto questo strano cliente direttamente sul fermatovaglia dei tavolini del mio bar.....
Nome Volgare: Callittamo itterico, Cavalletta ali corte. Dimensioni: maschio 15-23 mm, femmina 23-35 mm. Descrizione: specie molto variabile per colore e dimensione. Molto simile a Calliptamus barbarus, si differenzia per la membrana, più lunga, che chiude la cavità genitale nel maschio (pallium). Il maschio produce suoni strofinando le mandibole. Distribuzione e habitat: è presente nella penisola italiana e Sardegna. Vive sia in ambienti aridi e sassosi che nei prati non soggetti a disseccamento stagionale. Questa cavalletta può risultare molto dannosa per l’agricoltura. Periodo di attività: esemplari adulti da luglio ad ottobre.

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  • joska Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 806 W: 0 N: 4092] (22535)
  • [2012-08-28 10:56]

Ciao Luciano,
You was lucky with this Inseckt, direkt in Yuor room...Excellent sharp photo, colorful sharp details, useful description too, TFS!

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  • ana974 Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 477 W: 48 N: 968] (4857)
  • [2012-08-28 11:18]

kkkkkkkkkkkk Dear Luciano,
I hope that this unusual client was well treated!!! kkkkkkkk
Nice snapshot!Really funny!Nice sharpness and nice low POV.TFS
Best wishes from,

Hello Luciano,
Very nice prezentation of this locust in great sharpness and details.Beautiful natural colours.

Ciao Luciano, cavalletta viziosa, spero non le abbia dato da bere alcolici, fantastici dettagli, magnifico l'occhio, gran bella macro, bravissimo, ciao Silvio

Hallo Luciano
Thanks for sharing this super sharp image of your "guest" that visited you at your bar. All details are seen with great clarity. I like the composition and the close point of view. Best regards.

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5137 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2012-08-28 11:42]

Hello Luciano,
A thirsty grasshopper at your bar. I hope you gave him his drink so that he will come back every day and you can make more of these wonderful photos.

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  • siggi Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3097 W: 109 N: 12399] (52850)
  • [2012-08-28 11:59]

Hello Luciano,
very nice shot, details, colours, textures and sharpness are top. Really very good capture.Best regards Siggi

Boa noite Luciano
Wonderful clear macro of this visitor.Excellent close,wonderful colours and details.Well done!
Thank You
Um abraço

Prima i merli poi grilli. Anestetizzati a suon di cappuccini.....e pubblicità occulta all'arredamento dei tavoli ah ah! Qualità indiscutibilmente valida. Un piccolo capèolavoro fatto in casa!


Hi Luciano,
cute little hopper! the colour contrast with the blue in the front is quite nice.
best regards

hello Luciano
great sharpness and good details
i like this picture
thanks greeting lou

Hello Luciano,
An excellent macro with fine coloration, details & sharpness. Well composed & presented with a nice POV. TFS & best wishes!


Hello Luciano
Beautiful photo with .. interesting composition, wonderful colours and impressive sharpness.

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  • tuslaw Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2754 W: 282 N: 4931] (19883)
  • [2012-08-29 19:37]

Hello Luciano,
Looks like this little fellow posed just right for you. You managed to capture him perfectly showing exceptional detail and beautiful colors. You even got some catchlight in his eye. Great job!!

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  • KOMSIS Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 820 W: 0 N: 2419] (10674)
  • [2012-08-30 4:06]

Ciao Luciano,
Beautiful capture of this Calliptamus italicus ..
Good sharp details, natural colours and a nice composition.
Best wishes,

A most unusual comp/setting Luciano..
One question. Did he leave a tip? ;-)
Novel image, well done & have a great weekend!

Ciao Luciano, persino nel tuo bar vengono per farsi fotografare !!! ma ha anche consumato dopo il servizio fotografico ???

Ciao Vanni

Hi Luciano,
Great shot of that customer. Fantastic details.
Congratulation. Fun prezentation of this locust in great sharpness, colors and details

Esemplare colto nella sua massima elevazione che evidenzia gli organi in trazione pronti allo slancio d'abbandono.
La lente coglie a trama del tessuto, un cliente estemporaneo ed "occasionale" .
Sai con i "vigilanti" miopi ..

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