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Leaf Footed Bug by Cindy Smith

July 2024 - Leaf Footed Bug

July 2024 - Cindy Smith


About the Image(s)


Sony a7iii 200-600 @ 600mm hh, f/8, 1/1250, iso5000
Taken in Costa Rica, 6.3.24
Edited in Camera Raw, decreased highlights, desaturated greens, AI noise reduction
Photoshop cropping

The leaf-footed bug found in a passion fruit tree was a marvelous find (thanks, Reinier). The leaf-like structures on the legs are thought to ward off predators.

10 comments posted

Dean Ginther   Dean Ginther
I like this image. The coloration of the bug clearly fits with the surroundings. And quite interesting texture and lines to that bug.   Posted: 07/06/2024 17:07:54
Cindy Smith   Cindy Smith
Thanks!   Posted: 07/10/2024 14:56:09

Jaswant Madhavan   Jaswant Madhavan
Wow. Beautiful capture. IF I was forced to make a change, it would be to crop out the vertical branch on the left of the frame.   Posted: 07/08/2024 09:59:04
Cindy Smith   Cindy Smith
I see what you mean and I agree. It adds nothing and competes with the subject. Thanks!   Posted: 07/10/2024 14:57:13

Mervyn Hurwitz   Mervyn Hurwitz
What a strange looking insect. And well captured at 600mm! The lovely bokeh allows the main subject to stand out so well.   Posted: 07/09/2024 13:10:51
Cindy Smith   Cindy Smith
Thanks! This was taken our first morning in Costa Rica at the Airport Hotel. Great way to start a fantastic trip!   Posted: 07/10/2024 14:58:14

Diane Perry   Diane Perry
I like the way that this bug is still sharp after your cropping. An interesting creature indeed. Well done.   Posted: 07/09/2024 23:38:44
Cindy Smith   Cindy Smith
Diane, Thanks!   Posted: 07/10/2024 14:58:30

Jacob Wat   Jacob Wat
This is a great photo. The detail is nice and it is an interesting subject. I've never seen an insect like that before. The colors really help make the insect stand out and the details really are sharp. Overall amazing photo.   Posted: 07/15/2024 09:23:32

Pierre Williot   Pierre Williot
This is a great close-up image. The bug and its limbs are all in focus, great details, and an interesting subject.
The background is complimentary (colors and non-competing).
Excellent! A keeper.   Posted: 07/16/2024 10:52:35


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