Trying to blend in. by William Brennan

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Grasshoppers have antennae that are almost always shorter than the body (sometimes filamentous), and short ovipositors. They also have pinchers or mandibles that cut and tear off food. Those species that make easily heard noises usually do so by rubbing the hind femurs against the forewings or abdomen (stridulation), or by snapping the wings in flight. Tympana, if present, are on the sides of the first abdominal segment. The hind femora are typically long and strong, fitted for leaping. Generally they are winged, but hind wings are membranous while front wings (tegmina) are coriaceous and not fit for flight. Females are normally larger than males, with short ovipositors. Males have a single unpaired plate at the end of the abdomen. Females have two pairs of valves ( triangles) at the end of the abdomen used to dig in sand when egg laying. This nice sized grasshopper saw me and froze. I guess he/she decided that blending into it’s environment would be the best course of action. I had no complaints because I got this shot as a result. I took this shot near the shore of Lake Telemark in Rockaway, NJ. I used a Nikon L110 digital camera.

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I’ve always appreciated nature, but I didn’t show interest in photography until digital started to come into it’s own. I had many cheap cameras over the years, but when I got the Nikon D3100 for my birthday last year, I really started to realize what photography was all about. I’ve had such a blast learning on the go over the past 10 months. I’ve gotten shots that I could have only dreamed of a year ago. I hope you all enjoy my photos, and by all means, BUY SOMETHING! =)

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  • Wolf Read
    Wolf Readover 4 years ago

    Beautifully captured, with nice lighting. And some great details in the description.

  • Thanks so much. I thought it was cute that he was jumping and running like crazy and then he just decided to stop altogether. I guess he thought he could hide from me instead. LOL

    – William Brennan

  • jenn77
    jenn77over 4 years ago

    Great shot !! Imagine you had a hard time seeing this one !

  • Thanks jenn. If I hadn’t been following him from the beginning I probably wouldn’t have seen him. :)

    – William Brennan

  • Ray Clarke
    Ray Clarkeover 4 years ago

  • Karen  Moore
    Karen Mooreover 4 years ago

    8/29/10 one a day

  • icesrun
    icesrunover 4 years ago

    Wonderufl capture!!

  • Thanks! He thought he could fool me. ;)

    – William Brennan

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