CRICKETS & BLACKBERRIES

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The berries are slowly getting black, sweet and juicy these days on the shrubs near the sea ...

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... and for these crickets ...

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... the Schmidt's Marbled Bush-crickets (Eupholidoptera schmidti) ...

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... is time for the seasonal feeding frenzy.

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I was enjoying the early morning in a sandy inlet near the port of Liznjan, did a bit of snorkeling around the shallow bay ...

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... and when I went to pick a couple of ripe blackberries ...

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... I noticed the crickets. They are well camouflaged on these shrubs, not easy to spot from a distance.

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They were also chirping from time to time. I heard them before, but I thought that the sound is coming from the meadow behind the shrubs.

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At first, when I came close ...

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... the crickets disappeared into the dense foliage ...

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... but very soon, as I was quietly picking the first blackberries of this summer, they slowly came back ...

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... and continued to chew the berries.

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Some flies were also buzzing around ...

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... attracted by the sweet liquid that was coming out of the half-eaten fruits.

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These crickets are omnivores.

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Equipped with strong mandibles, they can chew fruits, seeds, roots, carcasses and other insects, including other crickets ... and also crickets of their own species.

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Although marbled bush - crickets can be often seen in big groups, they are usually pretty aggressive towards each other.

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There is plenty of food on these shrubs, probably more than the hungry bunch can chew ...

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... but conflicts occur regularly.

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I spent about an hour with the crickets ...

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... ate a handful of blackberries ...

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... took a couple of photographs ...

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... and then, when the sun got intense ...

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... I drove home to prepare this post.

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I love blackberries and pick them as I am walking around in the wild, but they will not come into their own completely until mid-August here ... I don't think we have anything like this crickets in these parts, but I will be keeping my eyes and ears open now ... I do hear crickets here in late August through early October!

Here are also just starting to turn from red to black, so the peak of the season will be in mid - August. I'm sure you have some other interesting monsters waiting on the shrubs there :)

Hi @borjan ,Blackberries look great, I like to snorkeling and all water sports, well swimming was the way I managed to lose weight in my childhood, maybe it is the cause that I enjoy all this aquatic world, the flies look gigantic , same the crickets, but hey, I'm used to seeing all the macros in your post.
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You really know how to capture these little fellas to make them look like giant aliens :D Fascinating captures.

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Impressive aliens you found there...

They traveled through many generations across the space :) to try the famous berries from the Earth.

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Hello @borjan. Excellent publication as usual, the images look really good, great photographic work.

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Wow! What a big fat one stranger there!! Very strange colour and pattern! Looking quite fierce too!
So much berries, wanna pick up one bucket full! LoL

I eat them voraciously, just like those crickets :D

wow, it has such interesting and wonderful details. It seems created by H. R. Giger

What a great set of close-ups @borjan! I never knew they ate blackberries. How I wish blackberries grew so easily (and wild) in our area.

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