Post by Robert Nordsieck on Aug 28, 2010 14:15:26 GMT
Mica looked this cricket up for me, it appears to be a dark bush cricket (Pholidoptera griseoaptera). From the looks of it I would rather assume it's an Alpine bush cricket (Pholidoptera aptera), only that species is not found here (Westerwald mountains).
Anyway it was rather loud, almost split my eardrums when I was photographing the amber snail... Just as I write this: This is nonsense - the cricket appears to be a female (one can see the ovipositor), and the noise is made by the males, so probably there was another cricket "shouting" for this one or fencing off his patch...?
Post by Robert Nordsieck on Sept 30, 2010 20:00:09 GMT
in the meantime I went back to where I had found the cricket, to collect some amber snails for Mica (which reached Berlin alive and well). I also saw another grasshopper and an interesting caterpillar looking like a punk with its many black hair. But sadly the camera went on the blink and I had to reformat the card
Well, I saw that anyway. And now I am in Lübeck, far away from all amber snails...
Lovely video, though not being able to understand much German I can't comment on that side of things. Many beautiful small creatures on it, and the countryside is stunning Oooh I like the spider shooting silk from its spinnerets
Post by Robert Nordsieck on Oct 17, 2010 19:47:45 GMT
Actually we have thought about what kind the amber snails may be, I myself have settled for Succinea putris, but Mica thought it may be Oxyloma elegans, because they are so small and also the shell form would correspond.
Zaz rather difficult...
"These imperial snails will never get us" (Han Solo). "TaH pagh taHbe'!" (General Chang) "Once More Unto The Breach" (Henry V.)