Monday, 21 July 2008

Its Just Not Cricket

Well actually it is, but it was the only title I could come up with! I wasn't sure of the difference between a cricket and a grasshopper but its apparently that crickets are brown and grasshoppers are green. Crickets make their chirping sound by rubbing their forewings together, while grasshoppers make theirs by rubbing their hind legs against their wings. Also crickets are nocturnal (active at night) and grasshoppers are diurnal (active in the day.) Someone should have told that to this cricket, as he was hopping around in the middle of the day.

I'm playing around taking macro photos at the moment. Sometimes they come out really well and other times they are just a blur (more practise needed!) I just love the detail that you can capture (click on the photo to see what I mean), especially with things that you don't normally notice.

And finally, one more difference between crickets and grasshoppers. A grasshopper can play cricket, but a cricket can't play grasshopper! No, I didn't laugh either. Anyone got a better insect joke?

11 comments:

Neva said...

Funny funny....I had no idea what the difference really was!!! I know what you mean about macro shots.....I just took a bunch today....but only half turned out decent.....

Louis la Vache said...

hehehe
"Louis" would be happy to squish the little critter between his hooves for you....

Ming the Merciless said...

My cell (mobile) phone's ringtone is the crickets chirping. :-)

No, no insect jokes here. But I got lots of nun jokes. :-)

Post a nun photo next week and I will tell you one.

Murphy_jay said...

Haha..I like the joke at the end.

Oh my..I thought it was a grasshopper at first glance. Thanks for pointing out the differences.

Dusty Lens said...

The things we learn while photoblogging; Here I thought they chirped the same way. Well done macro shot!

Hilda said...

I thought it was a cockroach—before I saw the hind legs, that is. Hmmm… I should try getting a shot of our cockroaches here—they're as big as crickets. =(

magiceye said...

great macro indeed! and he seems to have been playing cricket...look at all the sweat! and the England team now playing against SA sure would be glad of any assistance!

Lori said...

The detail in your photo is amazing! When you enlarge it you can see the tiniest little specks on this creature. We've all learned something today about crickets and grasshoppers. Thanks Marley!

D.C. Confidential said...

Oh, that's a bad joke. Crickets sound pretty, but in the late fall, when they come into the house to escape the cold and you find them in the dryer, they're not so pretty!

Great photo, by the way!

babooshka said...

It's a super( to use your 30's word) macro.) I have a very old joke.

A man walking across a field finds a lost ball. A few moments later he finds another. Shortly after he finds a cricket crying!

I didn't say it was funny!

• Eliane • said...

Isn't a grasshopper a cocktail drink too?

I always confuse them in French too:
• la sauterelle (grasshopper)
• le criquet (locust,cricket)
• la cigale (cicada)
The last too are summer icons. It's the sound of summer night and vacation. I so miss that!

Next, try to post a firefly! ;)

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