Intimate moment for Grasshoppers

by Sadhya Rippon August. 30, 2010 3858 views

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.

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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.

Sorry the focus was a bit off on this one.

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.

How do they manage to not get those long legs all tied up?

“So, how was it for you dear?”

Now she will bury the egg sac in the soil.
And I will be waiting to see the grasshopper babies.

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Andrea 6 years, 8 months ago

Very interesting, gea captures!

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Hong S 6 years, 8 months ago

euuu,,,i mean the worm,,,,

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Nancy 6 years, 8 months ago

Fantastic set!! Lol have to love my chickens:))

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Moira 6 years, 8 months ago

Oh goodness didn't you feel like a "peeping Tom"

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Redro 6 years, 8 months ago

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...

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Sandyk 6 years, 8 months ago

really nice shots! I want to see the babies lol

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Finbarr 6 years, 8 months ago

Excellent info!! great shots

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Marsha 6 years, 8 months ago

Interesting catch, Sadhya!! Gotta make more grasshoppers ;)))

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Juhász Imre 6 years, 8 months ago

Very nice series and great macros!

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Lynda 6 years, 8 months ago

Another interesting insect set.

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Ricardo 6 years, 8 months ago

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 ;)

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Kamarul 6 years, 8 months ago

great! =)

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Jet28 6 years, 8 months ago

Very interesting - lots of baby grasshoppers coming up!

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Mikkal Noptek 6 years, 8 months ago

Wonderful report.

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Davorka ČEoviä‡ 6 years, 8 months ago

very interesting set, fantastic, deliberate words. This couple went well! Praying Mantis their partners after mating-eat!

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
Huiching 6 years, 8 months ago

I'm glad that she didn't eat her lover like some insects do. ^_^

6 years, 8 months ago Edited
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