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Intimate moment for Grasshoppers

2010.08.30
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Please enlarge this set.
I didn't know what this grasshopper was doing. She was bending forward and touching her head to her (um....) underparts!
I hadn't at this moment noticed that she was not alone.
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Sorry the focus was a bit off on this one.
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Then I saw the male - much smaller, and realised that they had just had sex. I SO WISH I had been here a little earlier.
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How do they manage to not get those long legs all tied up?
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"So, how was it for you dear?"
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Now she will bury the egg sac in the soil.
And I will be waiting to see the grasshopper babies.
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Speckled-bush-cricket Leptophyes punctatissima
The grass-green body, which is about 15 millimetres (0.59 in) long, carries minute black specks, as reflected in the common and Latin name of the species; in addition, the dorsal surface of the abdomen features a brown stripe; this is more pronounced in the male. A yellow-white stripe extends backwards from the eyes. The lower legs and feet are brownish.The antennae are twice as long as the body. The species is brachypterous: the male's forewings are reduced to small flaps, and those of the female are even more reduced. The hindwings are completely absent, and both males and females are flightless.
19 Comments
huiching I'm glad that she didn't eat her lover like some insects do. ^_^
huiching · 2010-08-28: 04:25
Davorka very interesting set, fantastic, deliberate words. This couple went well! Praying Mantis their partners after mating-eat!
Davorka · 2010-08-28: 05:26
noptek Wonderful report.
noptek · 2010-08-28: 05:55
eternity65 Great set of an "aprés" intimate moment :-)) Would indeed have been nice if you were a little earlier ...but that's life :-)
eternity65 · 2010-08-28: 06:12
jet28 Very interesting - lots of baby grasshoppers coming up!
jet28 · 2010-08-28: 06:34
kimilaren great! =)
kimilaren · 2010-08-28: 06:42
onlyricky oh gosh!
these green things scare me... I mean I'm always looking for them to photograph and stuff, but they really scare me!
when they jump..OH GOD!
lol :D
nice reportage!
I'm not sure if you'll find the babies, but good luck with it ;)
onlyricky · 2010-08-28: 06:51
Lynda Another interesting insect set.
Lynda · 2010-08-28: 07:55
????? Cute grasshoppers! :)
????? · 2010-08-28: 10:38
imrepapa Very nice series and great macros!
imrepapa · 2010-08-28: 15:43
lookagain Interesting catch, Sadhya!! Gotta make more grasshoppers ;)))
lookagain · 2010-08-28: 15:43
finbarr Excellent info!! great shots
finbarr · 2010-08-28: 17:37
sandyk really nice shots! I want to see the babies lol
sandyk · 2010-08-28: 23:36
redro Spectacular and surprising set !
Ts, ts, ts, you are such a naughty girl - and I am so glad that I can say it to someone else too - hihi
Now you start when I'm finished - take the lead :)
Your commentary made me laugh out loud !
And as a consolation: you missed the mating pictures but you got even a more unusual shot that not many have taken: that amazing yoga/kamasutra position.
I don't want to be a pain, but aren't grasshoppers a totally different thing than crickets as insects ? I'm confused now...
redro · 2010-08-29: 00:31
????? Cool set!
????? · 2010-08-29: 07:10
MoMac Oh goodness didn't you feel like a "peeping Tom"
MoMac · 2010-08-29: 07:52
nssco50 Fantastic set!! Lol have to love my chickens:))
nssco50 · 2010-08-30: 00:46
jessicashan euuu,,,i mean the worm,,,,
jessicashan · 2010-08-30: 03:43
wildduck Very interesting, gea captures!
wildduck · 2010-09-01: 14:10
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