Great green bush cricket
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|Great green bush-cricket (Tettigonia viridissima)|
Insects ~ Order of Orthoptera ~ Family of Tettigoniidae
I found this big grasshopper in my garden, yesterday, in the evening. It was eating my garden peas. It is really an impressive animal, as it was approximately 10 cm long - the biggest grasshopper I ever saw. I removed it from my peas and took some photos, then it flew away to my neighbour's garden. I know that I have cut the antennas of the grasshopper, but I am still quite pleased with this shot.
It is considered by most scientist that the Orthoptera arose in the late Upper Carboniferous more than 300 million years ago.
The Orthoptera are a group of large and easily recognised insects which includes the Grasshoppers, Locusts, Groundhoppers, Crickets, Bush-crickets, Mole-crickets and Camel-crickets as well as some lesser groups. There are about 20 000 known species distributed around the world, some species are very wide spread and a couple occur in both the old world and the new world.
They are described as hemimetabolous (having nymphs that look like small adults and no pupa), medium or large insects that are usually winged as adults but may also be wingless. They have a large pronotum (the plate covering the first thoracic segment or prothorax) and enlarged (often greatly so)hind femur which are used for jumping.
The Orthoptera can be found in most habitats : in grasslands and forests, on sea-shores, in bogs and marshes, in caves, in desert and semi-desert, and even under ground. Many species are arboreal (live in trees) and some are quite happy swimming on or even under the water.
I hope you will like it !
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Really good close up. The missing antennas is minor. I think the image will benefit from a bit of sharpening. I took it into Photoshop and tried some sharpening and it looked great.
belle composition. Les détails sont trés nettes.
- [2006-07-03 10:53]
hi,Valerie,so close and so big,even if it is so small insect:)Nice image with green colours:)
Une photo hyper nette de ce beau criquet.
La prise de vue n'a pas dûe être évidente.
you catch it before it jumps :))
This is great macro work!
Even if your green friend has the same colour as the background you manage to make him stand out quite well!
Well composed, super details... All over well done!
- [2006-07-17 3:09]
Voilà une bête bien camouflée.