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Old Feb 5, 2012, 9:36 PM   #1
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Didn't know what kind of grasshopper it was until I looked it up on an insect forum and submitted this photo for scrutiny. By far the largest grasshopper I'd ever seen, shot taken with a Canon S1 1S in 2006 on Marco Island, Florida.
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Nice shot Frank, well done!

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Missed this one earlier, Very cool
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Those Lubbers are BIG grasshoppers!

Very nice and sharp photo with very good color too.
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Old Feb 9, 2012, 9:06 PM   #5
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Thanks all; I was fortunate to find a 'willing' subject' and where I found it (hotel driveway). I moved very slowly towards it as close as I thought I could get before kneeling down and taking pics. It then kinda flew/hopped off into the bushes and I couldn't find it again. I believe the one pictured is a juvenile.

I will mention again, as I had in another thread; any nature photographer going to Marco Island, Florida, should stay at the Lakeside Inn; a small hotel amidst the large ones on the island. There is a small but clean pool with a tree at one side that has berries on it that a person doesn't want to get on their skin (there's a warning sign!); there's also a warning sign about alligators in the pond - I call it a pond as it's not that large. Marco Island has both alligators and crocodiles (a black panther was seen near Marco Island a few years back); there was an iguana hanging on a tree near the lake/pond; there were eagles, ospreys and loons hanging around the pond as well as turtles, and the pond is right behind the hotel. If my S1 1S had higher megapixels and better zoom I would have gotten some nice shots of the eagles dive-bombing into the water and stealing fish from each other - a nature photographer's playground.

I also found pictures of the berries from the tree, and a pic of the iguana, but can't find the eagle shots I attempted to take, salvaged from of my old laptop.
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