Intimate moment for Grasshoppers

  • Posted Aug. 30, 2010 by Sadhya Rippon Viewed 752 times

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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.

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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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    • # 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...

      2010.08.29 Edited Reply Cancel

    • # Ricardo

      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 ;)

      2010.08.28 Edited Reply Cancel

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