09.07.2020-2 Monday Macro-Up Close and Personal with a Red-legged Grasshopper

I posted something similar a bit ago of this same species but like this shot enough to share another. I had to employ the same strategy to get this shot, encouraging it to move around fully exposed to the camera.

The Red-legged Grasshopper-Melanoplus femurrubrum is possibly our most numerous species, at least in the locations I visit. Easily identified by its namesake postibia and occasionally hind femur showing red, I am almost as happy photographing them repeatedly as I am bullfrogs…almost.

As you may be able to tell, the 180 appears to be as good as ever…maybe better.

About Steve Gingold

I am a Nature Photographer with interests in all things related. Water, flowers, insects and fungi are my main interests but I am happy to photograph wildlife and landscapes and all other of Nature's subjects.
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17 Responses to 09.07.2020-2 Monday Macro-Up Close and Personal with a Red-legged Grasshopper

  1. shungphotography says:

    Amazing details!

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  2. How fortunate that your encouragement led to this fine portrait. Happy 180.

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  3. shoreacres says:

    It looks like it’s been enjoying the taste of the stem it’s circling around.

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    • It does although that is a leg.There are several insects, butterflies especially, that taste with their feet so maybe this grasshopper is doing so as well.

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      • shoreacres says:

        Oh — I was looking at the stem itself, rather than the grasshopper. I’ve been noticing the actual nibblings recently, since reading that if there’s no insect around, you can tell whether it’s a grasshopper or caterpillar that’s been causing damage by the edge of the nibble. Caterpillars leave a smooth margin, while grasshoppers aren’t so neat, and the edges of their nibbles tend to be ragged.

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      • Ah, I see what you mean now. I did not see it nibbling but it sure does look like it must have been. It would be quite a coincidence that it was on a spot someone else chewed. Maybe that is why it wandered around the grass stalk rather than hopping away as I encouraged it to enter my frame.

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  4. Eliza Waters says:

    Wow, the details are amazing – my eye wants to linger!

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  5. Great Image Steve! Love the detail!

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  6. susurrus says:

    What a lugubrious expression!

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