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I wish I knew the name...


I wish I knew the name...
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Copyright: Viviane Faguay (Porteplume) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Note Writer [C: 28 W: 0 N: 12] (84)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-10-10
Categories: Insects
Exposure: f/3.3, 1/100 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Date Submitted: 2004-10-21 11:47
Viewed: 8513
Points: 9
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Sorry I haven't been on TN for a long time... We are just back from a month in the south of France, visiting family and enjoying a rather hot Autumn in Languedoc-Roussillon and in the Luberon region.....

There, in the Luberon, on the campingground "L'Arc-en-Ciel" in Roussillon, We saw this insect walking, not springing, not flying, and I never saw it before... [Rather big, length of maybe some 7 to 8 cm]

Someone to help me for Latin, English & French name? And maybe a link to a site with more infos?

Please have a look at the back side in Workshop - It should help recognize it.

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Thanks to Peter Stoeckl:

L'éphippigère des vignes (Ephippiger ephippiger)

Usually measuring about 30mm bodylength - without ovipositor, the conspicuously long sword shaped appendix of females. Obviously, the specimen you found was a particularly well developped and tall one.

Well approached target to show much of the characteristic traits with reasonably good sharpness, and a well chosen diagonal composition.


http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ephippiger_ephippiger

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To peter_stoeckl: Never too late to learn something...Porteplume 1 12-31 04:53
To Callie: At first...gerhardt 5 10-21 15:40
To gerhardt: The Bells, the bellsPDP 2 10-21 15:12
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Hi Viviane, Its definitely a "cricket" of some sort. The species eludes me but I have not an european book. Could be one of the following families:
1) Anostostomatidae - King crickets
2) Rhaphidophoridae - Camel/cave crickets
3) Tettigoniidae - Bush crickets/Katydids

I hope it helps. They are ugly critters when seen in real life. I ask Ezmerelda he knows the insects in the North better. :)

Hi Viviane
Nice to “see” you here again. Nice diagonal and what a pair of back legs!
This is a "koringkriek" a very big guy, we have several species, canibalistic too. English name Corn crickets, belonging to Bradyporidae family, hope this helps. Nice critter too.
Gerhard is also on the right track with the species names

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-10-21 14:09]

I'm sorry, I can't add to what Gerhard has said about the ID. My hunch would be to go look in bush crickets. 7 - 8 cm sure is big!

Callie seems to have it sorted though.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-10-21 15:42]

Bella presentacion de estas 2 imágenes donde puede apreciarse el insecto completo.
Buena composicion con bellos colores, aunque personalmente, creo que la iluminación es un tanto excesiva.

Beautiful presentation of these 2 images where the complete insect can be appraised.
Good composition with beautiful colors, although personally, I believe that the illumination is somewhat excessive.

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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2004-10-22 14:28]

wel wel Viviane,
Leuk jou hier ook te zien. En met wat voor ongewone foto. Dit is de eerste macro die ik van je zie. Het is zeker geen lieverdje die je hebt gefotografeerd, maar ik vind hem zeker wel wat hedbben. Over de foto. Ik vind dat je hem netjes hebt gecropt, en het beest is op de juiste manier in beeld gebracht. Met dergelijke foto's moet je ook wat meer geluk hebben met het licht. verder uitstekend gedaan

Hi Viviane,
if that kind of help is still needed after more than 6 years since your posting was submitted: from its appearance, in particular telling from the very specific shape of the thorax shield, this insect is very like to be

L'éphippigère des vignes (Ephippiger ephippiger)

usually measuring about 30mm bodylength - without ovipositor, the conspicuously long sword shaped appendix of females. Obviously, the specimen you found was a particularly well developped and tall one.

Well approached target to show much of the characteristic traits with reasonably good sharpness, and a well chosen diagonal composition.
With thanks, and best regards,
Peter

http://fr.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ephippiger_ephippiger

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