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Auteursrechten: Joe Kellard (joey) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1739 W: 224 N: 6872] (24909)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Kleur
Datum Opname: 2007-11-25
Categorieën: Insects, Reptiles
Camera: Canon Powershot S3 IS, Digital ISO-80, Kenko 58mm UV filter
Belichting: f/3.5, 1/60 Seconden
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Fotoversie: Originele versie
Thema's: AnYtHiNg ExTrEmElY hUmOrOuS, Reptiles - Monitors, monsters, & dragons 1, RARE or SIGNIFICANT contributions to TN 4 [view contributor(s)]
Datum inzending: 2007-11-26 2:38
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[Richtlijnen voor opmerkingen] Opmerking van de fotograaf
This Bearded Dragon doesn't look very happy about having this House Cricket on her head :)

I given lots of info on the Bearded Dragon so here's some on the House Cricket...

Class: Insecta
Order: Orthoptera
Sub Order: Grylloptera or Enisfera
Family: Grillidae
Genus: Acheta
Species: domesticus
House crickets are closely related to the Grasshoppers and locusts, and like them they have the hind legs which are modified for jumping ( In crickets, the tympanum (ear) is located on the tibia of the hind legs). The adults are about 2 cm long, and pale brown with a black pattern on the head and thorax. They have two pairs of wings of which only the back pair are for flying. At one time house crickets were associated with bakeries, but this is no longer so. Nowadays they are more likely to be found in warm ducts and in paneling behind heating installations, quite frequently in breweries. Another way that house crickets get into domestic premises is when the occupants keep exotic pets such as tarantulas and lizards. These types of pets have to be fed live food and the poor old house cricket is the answer, however, if the owner isn't careful the live food tend to make a getaway........and disappear over the horizon, not really, they usually get under the floorboards and drive the occupants mad with their chirping. House crickets often occur in new buildings and this is probably because such places provide good shelter and food, and half finished houses are easy to enter. It is also possible that these insects may, in some cases, be brought in with the building materials or packaging.

In northern Europe house crickets do not normally survive outside during the winter and most of them come indoors at this time. However, they can survive throughout the year, and will sometimes multiply in enormous numbers on refuse tips where decomposing waste is producing quite high amounts of heat (see below). The abdomen of female crickets ends in a long narrow structure, the ovipositor, which allows them to lay eggs in the ground.

House crickets take two to three months to complete their life cycle when reared at 80 to 90° F. Eggs are deposited in whatever damp substrate is provided — for example, sand or peat moss. Juveniles resemble the adults except for being smaller and wingless. . Each female will lay between 50 to 100 eggs that hatch in about two to three weeks (Incomplete metamorphism). Newly hatched nymphs are the same size as the eggs, and blend in with their surroundings. Adult crickets will eat their own young (cannibalism). Also, it is normal for some adults to die naturally after mating. The remaining eggs will continue to hatch for 10 to 15 days. As is the case with other orthopterans, when crickets first hatch they already look much like adults (nymphs), except that their wings and genital organs are not yet developed. It takes these tiny crickets eight to twelve weeks to reach full maturity. Adult crickets generally live two to three months.

Crickets need warm temperatures of at least 80°F. Nymphs held at 80°F require up to 60 to 65 days to mature, while those held at 90°F require only 30 to 35 days to complete development.

They have a characteristic chirping noise.........boy..!! do they chirp, the sound has been likened to that of new born chicks. In former times the cricket on the hearth was a familiar 'domestic' animal and a well known character in many stories and fables. It is only the male cricket that sings that sings and he does so to attract the females. Each male sits in his own little territory and sings. When they stridulate, or chirp, crickets rub the teeth on the sharp edge of one wing against a particularly thick and rough scraper on the opposite wing, using it as a bow. As the temperatures rises, crickets' songs become louder and faster. With some species, it is possible to precisely determine the temperature simply by calculating the frequency of their chirps. The male also has a sharp aggressive piping note, which is heard when another male tries to enter its territory.

A love sick cricket may sing for hours at a time, as some people will have heard to their cost. One zoologist found that a single cricket chirped no less than 42,000 times over a period of four hours. In aancient China the chirping was so highly regarded that the ladies of the Imperial Palace kept crickets in small golden cages on their pillows, so that they might fall asleep to the song.

Crickets feed on almost any kind of organic matter. They prefer soft plant matter, but will also eat other insects and carrion. On the whole it is true to say that crickets are quite harmless domestic animals.....EXCEPT TO THE EARS.....


I hope you like it!

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  • Mana Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1772 W: 36 N: 5597] (18598)
  • [2007-11-26 3:12]

Hi Joe,
Just marking this wonderful post from you and will come back with a proper critique in a while.

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  • uleko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3423 W: 173 N: 3309] (10940)
  • [2007-11-26 3:39]

Hello Joe,
What an outstanding capture!! I bet the mouth is watering on that splendid dragon, one more move and the Cricket will be gone! Excellent timing with all in focus and sharp details. The colours are beautiful too. A masterpiece!!
Many thanks and cheers, Ulla

Hi Joe,

nice couple, very good colors and sharpness



hello joe,
nice moment captured, the cricket has opted for a very risky ride which may cost life, the dragon is waiting for the right opportunity, well seen and captured,
well done,
tfs & regards

This one should get everyones attention. It is an editorial sot as well as a nature shot. Dual purpose, perfect timing. Great subjects to work with. Amazing capture. Great fun Joey!

Joe, what a funny shot!. You really have a good reflex and an eye to capture such an extra ordinary moment. I just loved the way the dragon is eying the cricket. great details, sharpness, details and colours. To follow your suit all + and no -. :-)
Good notes too, Joe. I quite agree with you that they are harmless, except to the ears...

What a cool shot Joe!
This looks hilarious!
I bet you put that cricket there though,didn't you?
It is a fantastic image anyway.
Excellent exposure,colour and detail.
Very nice work.

What a priceless moment! ha ha I love that!
Great shot - great details - just good all around but the topic is exceptional!

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  • Jamesp Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1369 W: 9 N: 6334] (18906)
  • [2007-11-26 9:57]

Hi Joe

Wonderful composition - though I think - Yum! Dinner!! might be more appropriate :) Great detail and exposure.


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  • valy67 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1727 W: 59 N: 3060] (9219)
  • [2007-11-26 10:10]

Hello Joe !
Well, that's quite an unusual picture ! Once I have seen agrasshopper on a snake's head, in a zoo, but Ididn't get any picture - you were better than me ! :-) The Dragon really looks angry with the little insect, it's funny to look at. Excellent details, beautiful composition and POV. Very well done !

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5098 W: 166 N: 13042] (48618)
  • [2007-11-26 11:10]

Hell Joe,
What a unique moment. And a unique photo. The colours and light are amazing. Just like the pose of the Dragon with his eyes upwards. Very good DOF and outstanding sharpness. Beautiful BG.

Impresionante !!!

Hasta mi mujer que no suele ver fotografía me ha dicho que era estupenda :-)

El ojo del reptil es insuperable . Me encantan
las tonalidades del conjunto y por supuesto la
originalidad de la toma.
J. Ignasi

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-11-26 11:28]
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Hi Joe. What a great shot you have taken here. A very funny shot but a very well taken one at that. very good detail and colour. great eye contact a good POV/DOF/ very well done TFS.

Any movement on the camera yet ??

Hi Joe, amazing composition with dragon and cricket, great capture with wonderful light and splendid colors, excellent sharpness, very well done, ciao Silvio

Hi Joe,
Congratulations on your 250th with a nice macro shot. Nice details and sharpness. Superb coloration. Interesting subjects together. Their colors and BG similar. Great work.
PS: Thanks for sharing and your nice critique.
Best wishes

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  • EOSF1 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1393 W: 119 N: 5267] (23955)
  • [2007-11-26 13:41]

Hello Joe, what a moment ! You caught all that perfectly with great sharpness, exposure and background ! Very good work ! Thanks,


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  • Adam73 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 208 W: 5 N: 522] (2253)
  • [2007-11-26 13:52]

LOL very cute photo. I enjoyed reading your bio and your story on how you got into photography. You are doing great with that S3. The dragon looks very good with great details and beautiful warm light. The Bokeh is beautiful. Great shot and keep shooting.

Hello Joe,
Definitely a funny one:-)

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6085 W: 89 N: 15190] (63613)
  • [2007-11-26 15:25]
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!!!!! fantastic !!!! you're a master !! and your pics are always full of details and colours,very very good work,have a nice day,Luciano

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  • loot Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5551 W: 721 N: 4164] (11276)
  • [2007-11-26 21:06]
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Hi Joe

Ha-ha-ha. Well, that is one way of making sure you don't become lunch. It is certain to make any ferocious dragon go "squint eyed" and pull his beard out in utter frustration. Seems like little "Jiminy Cricket" is having a bit of an identity crisis. Apparently he thinks he is some kind of ultra-modern type of head gear fashioned to make all the eyebrows lift.

A lovely humorous capture that ought to remedy the stress levels of many onlookers by means of a good old deep bellied giggle. Anyway, it did move mine (not the stress, but the belly).

The warm colours and nice sharp details really show off this fine specimen of a Bearded Dragon. The out of focus BG enhances the reptile and the insect and make it stand out in the shot while the close-crop draws the attention and makes the eyes focus on the subjects.

Well spotted and TFS.

Shame! - so near, yet so far away!! :-)
This is a very good photo! Well done

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2007-11-27 2:38]

Hello Joe,
Very nice capture ! impressive colors and composition ! Thanks for sharing.

Hi Joe,
WOW! What a capture. Excellent composition, very good details and well seen and timed. The lizard must have got puzzled for a while. Nice photography. Thanks a lot for sharing.

Only one word can describe this image:
Great set of notes too.
Mario from COLD COLD Calgary.

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  • ridvan Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 498 W: 0 N: 1136] (5205)
  • [2007-11-27 13:26]

selam joe; wow what a nice compo and photo that is
Nice composition.Good POV and sharp image whit nice details.Colors are beautiful.Excellent shot of this bearded dragon and his friend well done.
TFS ridvan

Hi Joe,

A nice image of the Bearded Dragon and of the house cricket, the photo has a good composition, sharpness and beautiful colors. Thanks for sharing.


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  • SelenE Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2271 W: 64 N: 4205] (13964)
  • [2007-12-02 23:17]

Hi Joe,
Colors, focus, sharpness, POV and the pose you captured are very nice. TFS
Best wishes,

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  • anel Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 3049 W: 3 N: 8711] (40558)
  • [2007-12-04 4:40]

hello Joe,
Very funny picture and a very interesting note make this posting very special. I like the way the Bearded Dragon is looking up to to know what is happening on its head. Great!
Thanks and best regards

This is truly a great shot. Very sharp and rich in color.

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