Hoppers!

My recent trip to Costa Rica to shoot arthropods was everything I could have hope for sans a Harlequin beetle and a few other bucket list bugs.

If I had to choose a favorite, of all the things I pointed my camera at, the “hoppers” by far gave me the most joy this trip.

Just look at the face on this Derbe westwoodi. I can’t help but smile every time I see it.

Planthoppers, leafhoppers, treehoppers -all from the order Hemiptera are comical characters. From the fanciful shapes of the Thorn bugs, to the grand noses of the Lantern bugs, to the candy coloring of the tiniest of hopper nymphs sporting fluffy filaments, you can’t help but want to collect photos of every one.

Dare I say they bumped the Jagged Ambush bug from its status as my favorite arthropod? Nooooo, but they are a close second. Besides, I could never choose a favorite out of that huge cast of comedians.

Also, if you or anyone you know appreciates the important role of arthropods and would like to get involved on a deeper level and support my photography and conservation efforts, please visit Patreon.com/KarlaThompson
The pollinators and I thank you!

Nikon D3x, Nikkor 200mm macro, ISO100, 1/60, F10, three diffused SB200 flash heads, tripod

December 2016, Osa Peninsula, Costa Rica

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