Honestly, she was hiding!!

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Amsterdam, Netherlands

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Great Green Bush-Cricket (Lat. : Tettigonia viridissima, Dutch : Sabelsprinkhaan)
Photographed in Bijlmerweide (first test-field), Amsterdam SouthEast, the Netherlands
Copyright © 2011 Steppeland – All rights reserved

“Ever tried to follow a grasshopper in a meters high reeds field? Well, I can tell you, it’s as huge as a true Robinson Crusoe adventure LOL. We were wading through the high reeds …”
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Description

Ever tried to follow a grasshopper in a meters high reeds field? Well, I can tell you, it’s as huge as a true Robinson Crusoe adventure LOL. We were wading through the high reeds during our monthly inventarisation activity, when I saw this Great Green Bush-Cricket hop away. I had my 18-55 lens on my camera, and no moment to loose to try and change to my tele-macro lens , so, I had to come closer to make any chance to get him in the picture – or rather ‘her’, since, seeing the long egg-laying organ (ovipositor), it’s sure this is a female. Anyway, she has a perfect camouflage colour, and, unless she moved, there was no way for me to see where she was, between all those green leaves and reed stalks… And I couldn’t move an inch without moving the reeds as well, so hop, there she jumped out of my camera-reach again. I tell you, she was watching me, and she was hiding!! I have two other pictures where she is only partially visible to prove that without doubt. On one of those, you can actually see her peeking with one eye from behind a reed stalk. I intend to still make a collage of those 3 pics together.
For now, enjoy this capture ;)

Edited: You can now check the collage here:

She was hiding for me!! – collage

Some more info about this amazing insect: (Source: “Wikipedia”: )
the Great Green Bush-Cricket (Tettigonia viridissima), is a species of ‘katydids crickets’ belonging to the family Tettigoniidae subfamily Tettigoniinae. This species can be encountered from the Europe to Mongolia, especially in meadows, grasslands, prairies and occasionally in gardens
The adult males grow up to 28–36 millimetres (1.1–1.4 in) long, while females reach 32–42 millimetres (1.3–1.7 in).
Tettigonia viridissima is distinguished by its very long and thin antennae, which can sometimes reach up to three times the length of the body, thus differentiating them from grasshoppers, which always carry short antennae.
The morphology of both sexes is very similar, but the female has an egg-laying organ (ovipositor) that can reach a length of 23 to 32 23–32 millimetres (0.91–1.3 in).

Tettigonia viridissima is carnivorous and arboreal. Its diet is mostly composed of flies, caterpillars and larvae. This grasshopper can bite painfully but it is not particularly aggressive. It is better to avoid holding the insect in the fist, because the bite is almost assured. They are fit to flight, but their real performances are quite modest. Most often it moves "on foot " or jump, which allows it to easily explore the bushes, trees and shrubs.


Technical details
Photograph made with Pentax K10D camera and
smc Pentax-DA 18-55 lens
Exposure 1/125 sec, f. 5,6 mm, focal length 55 mm , ISO 200
and strongly cropped
Date: July 4, 2012


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