Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Grasshopper (Caelifera)

If ever there were an insect that looked as if were designed by machine, it is surely our humble Grasshopper. Those enormous hind legs look like giant pistons and, indeed, function in much the same way. The thorax has the appearance of machine parts crammed into an engine bay and the segmented posterior section can be viewed as a separate mechanical worm.

Canon 1Ds MkII, Canon 100-400mm IS USM lens, 1/1,000th sec, f/8, 400mm at ISO 400
Canon 1Ds MkII, Canon 100-400mm IS USM lens, 1/1,000th sec, f/8, 400mm at ISO 400

4 comments:

  1. Gold plated too! What a stunning creature.

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  2. i always love the wheat pattern of their legs...

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  3. Such unique creatures! Great captures!

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  4. Very impressive close ups Tim.

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