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Tree Weta

 Tree Weta
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Copyright: Steve Reekie (LordPotty) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1381 W: 144 N: 3872] (12503)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-13
Categories: Insects
Camera: Panasonic Lumix DMC-FZ-2-S
Exposure: f/2.8, 1/60 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Grasshopper & Crickets, New Zealand native fauna & flora, RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 1 [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2004-11-13 4:08
Viewed: 5012
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
I found this beautiful creature while I was sorting out wood for a treehouse today.
Weta is a common New Zealand insect that usually lives in rotten logs in the forest.However it is often found in woodsheds amongst firewood.Wetas are nocturnal,only emerging after dark to eat leaves and small insects.
Most Weta belong to the family Anostostomatidae,although the long legged cave wetas all belong to the family Raphidophoridae.
The Giant Weta (Weta Punga),Deinacrida sp. can have a body the size of a fist and weigh up to 80 grams,whereas the long,thin-legged,Giant Cave Weta
can be up to 45 cm long,and able to jump several metres.
This Weta is a Tree Weta (Hemideina sp.)slightly larger than lifesize.She is a female,possibly carrying some eggs.The main predator of Wetas are rats,and this Weta seems to have scars of puncture marks that could well be rat bites,or perhaps bites from another Weta.
When threatened,the Weta will raise both back legs over its head,with spines pointing upwards in a defensive pose.To find a Weta looking like this is a fearsome sight,although,in reality these creatures are not generally aggressive.If treated carefully,they can be picked up,but are capable of a painful bite if mishandled.

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  • willie Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1023 W: 61 N: 648] (2083)
  • [2004-11-13 4:30]
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Splendid picture. very nice detail under the light conditions. Good result . Well Done

Nice shot well captured.

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2638 W: 74 N: 9100] (31094)
  • [2004-11-13 4:55]
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Hmmmm... I don't know if I like this weta-thing yet :-) Looks for me too insecto-shining :-) I prefer cats :-) But your picture is very good taken. Detail on the legs and antennas are awesome.

Impressive insect, but you didn't tell us how big this tree weta was. Never mind, its a great shot with good detail and in a nice active pose, I like it. Great note to.

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  • RAP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2524 W: 345 N: 2373] (7405)
  • [2004-11-13 5:27]
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Agradable imagen Steve de este magnífico insecto.
Excelente POV y encuadre, con buena agudeza... tal vez el uso de un valor de F más elevado hubiese beneficiado en el foco sobre la parte trasera del animal.
Excelente nota tambien.

Pleasant image Steve of this magnificent insect.
Excellent POV and frame, with good sharpness... perhaps the use of an elevated value of F more had benefitted in the center on the back part of the animal.
Excellent note also.

Nice capture, check out my variation on your creation and tell me what you think !

Steve, Excellent note, great detail & for F/2.8 you've acheived exceptional DOF on this "Weta"! Nice diagonal presentation also. Great job, Well done!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2004-11-13 14:53]
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Nice shot Steve, interesting insects. I like the diagonal picutre. The detail you have captured is excellent. Well done.

Hi Steve

Good photo of this prehistoric charachter. Not my favourite insect I am afraid. They scare the bejeezers out of me!

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  • ellis49 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3443 W: 338 N: 501] (2250)
  • [2004-11-13 23:24]
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Great macro Steve.
Interesting insects with good details , nice colours and good details.
Good note.

We call 'em King crickets here. This one very closely resembles our Onosandrus genus. They are very common and found through out SA. Normally found in wet (weta) undergrowth or plant matter. Very nice capture of it, Steve. Well done.

The POV, composition and postprocessing of this one are science fiction. I am watching a scene from another planet. Interesting post Steve. By the way two things: I was already convinced my last post was not a Hygrocibe coccinea - I am looking forward to shoot "something" on fungus on fly on fungus... :-)))

Well, finally I know what a weta looks like. I am a great fan of Footrot Flats, where horse brings the wetas into the house. I you do not know it, go and buy it, some of the best animation ever!
Nice note, and good compo too.
Try and get more down to his level, place the camera on the ground on a please of plastic, a weta viewpoint, an note the difference in impact.

Excellent Steve. Very good dof and sharpness presenting a lot of details and the colours are wonderful - you are absolutely right, it is a little beauty. Funny how facinating these bugs are when you get close enough. Interesting tight cropping. Very informative note - thank you so much. I surely wouldn't like to meet the giant one in bad mood on a dark evening;-).

Hi Steve,

I take a look in the workshop, and first of all I had a question : What are the realy colours. Yours of Radu's one. Radu uses warm colouring. Your colours are a little bit to grey. But anyway your photo is sharp as usual. POV, BG and DOF are oké. Regards and TFS Bob

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