? ? ?

Try to find the grasshopper on this photo!

....................... !
04 whitish lily

looking closer ...
this grasshopper shits
on the lily

07 grashopper shitting

ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo

my lily laughs
at human follies ...
wha ha ha haa

06 lily big smile

! ! !

ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo

10 lily palace END

another story
not fully told ...
see what I mean

ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo
ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo ooo

about two hours later, same lily

the Wedding Party

having a wedding party -
come on, come on !

05 two

even doing it upside down

07 upside down clear

who is who ?

Visitor taking a good look !

11 visitor taking a good look



Start from here with the details

. . . PHOTO ALBUM till Nr. 08
and then WEDDING PARRY till Nr. 13


My friends carried on for quite a while until dark, so I checked a bit on the mating habits of grasshoppers:

Elaborate courtship routines are performed by males in some species. The American grasshopper Syrbula admirabilis displays 18 individual poses using its wings, legs, and palps. Males of other species may wave brilliantly colored wings when wooing the female, while other species forego courtship altogether.

Mating occurs when the male lights on the female's back and may last anywhere from 45 minutes to well over a day. In the species Extatosoma tiaratum, a female mates with several males. Most of the sperm in her genital tract from the first suitor is replaced by the sperm of her next mate.
Males therefore mate many times with the same partner and other females to gain the maximum opportunity to pass on their genes.
Males of some species die shortly after mating.
The females die after egg-laying, which may last until cold weather begins.
source : Grasshoppers - Courtship And Mating


oh these humans -
I can only scratch my head
in wonder

source : www.dailymail.co.uk 2011


long-horned grasshopper (Platyphyllum concavum,
some sources quote: Gampsocleis buergeri)
Grasshopper, a KIGO

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Toyomi said...

Lovely and funny photo!
They are all GREEN!

Anonymous said...


i don't know if its because i woke up on a high, but i read a lot in this Haiku.... as Lily is often associated with death, i can see whoever like to jump and hop and enjoy life 'shit' on the lily.... or am looking too closely....

i also love the following wich the accompanying picture... it actually needs the picture to make sense, but the angle make it look so much like vocal chords...

another story
not fully told ...
see what I mean

S. B.B.

haiku-shelf (Angelika Wienert) said...

beautiful photos!

looking closer ...
this grashopper shits
on the lily

I like this haiku, Gabi! nice contrast (lily/shit)

Gabi Greve said...

Thanks for visiting, my friends!
I added a bit on the mating habits for further information.

Anonymous said...

It's amazing photos, Gabi! Only one biological question:
did the grasshopper jump together? Or the female catapults the male by its jump?
It could be very funny (jumping) love!
T. (whc)

Anonymous said...

Yes, a really wonderful series, Gabi. I'm amazed at the clarity of your close-ups.
L. (whc)

Anonymous said...

the grasshopper
on the lily leaf --
goes green

Hahahaha... poo-hop poo-hop... a poohopper

Gabi san, great picture!!

Ciao... chibi

Anonymous said...

Wow, Gabi!
Whooo! Those grasshoppers could write a page in the Kama Sutra! Phenomenal photos and a wonderful haiku series!
Thank you for that!

Anonymous said...

...ah well...doing the plant a favour, really. Fertiliser!

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed, Gabi san!

Anonymous said...

beautiful photos!

Anonymous said...

Wonderful series of pictures...a great smile for me on this stormy day. Thanks!

Anonymous said...

Fun to be such voyeurs, Gabi. And clever ku to match the moment.

Anonymous said...

Educational and fun, Gabi...

Anonymous said...

Thank you for all the truly fascinating information, Gabi. The poor males' fate gives a new meaning to post-coital tristesse. A lot of male insects are just sperm carriers, aren't they? You've got to hope they enjoy their brief moment. This is not a path I want to go too far down.

I really like both of these, Gabi. Love the joy of the wedding party.

Just thought I'd alert you to that persistent typo 'grashopper'. It distracts a little from these lovely things.
The following is my tame offering. Lacks the vigour of each of yours.

day's end
grasshoppers mating
behind a leaf


Anonymous said...

The things you learn here ...

My take:

all day party...
the grasshoppers
still mating


Anonymous said...

Great stuff Gabi. Like peeping toms we are!


anonymous said...

They looks really happy ;-)

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