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Madagascar Grasshopper

Madagascar Grasshopper
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Copyright: Martyn Peck (Travelcam) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 792 W: 72 N: 1163] (10272)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 1993-09
Categories: Daily Life, Nature
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2008-06-04 0:27
Viewed: 2680
Points: 2
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‘Madagascar Grasshopper’

During a holiday spent travelling the length and breadth of Madagascar many years ago I encountered this spectacular grasshopper one day when walking within the Isalo National Park, located in southern Madagascar.

Isalo's landscape is astounding, consisting of captivating eroded sandstone formations dating back to the Jurassic period, deep canyons with forestation, palm-lined oases, and open grasslands.

Until I saw this specimen of grasshopper resting on a sun-baked rock, it I wouldn’t have thought it possible for a grasshopper to be coloured like this. It was striking and nothing I had seen previously. The colours were so striking it appeared ‘hand-painted’ dark blue with yellow spots and red crest.

The Madagascar Grasshopper (Phymateus saxosus) measures 10cm and eats toxic plants such as milkweed; this serves as a highly effective deterrent from being eaten by birds and animals.

This photo was originally shot back in the early 1990’s, this TL posting is an edited slide scan. TFV.

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hello MArtyn
wonderful macro shot
variation in colours
good natural light
glossy texture


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