Category Archives: Insects

Colorful Hopper

colorful hopper on cactus

I’ve never seen a hopper like this – it is so colorful! It was hanging out for days on the same cactus like this spider here and got a bit nervous when I got too close. I couldn’t find exactly what kind this is, so if anyone knows please leave in the comments. For another hopper without much color, click here.

Praying Mantis

praying mantis on canon camera southern california, gottesanbeterin

Gotcha! This beautiful praying mantis drove me crazy. She was sitting on a fence as I was trying to take a picture but then she climbed onto my camera. I tried to have her sit on my hand but she kept going back to the camera. So I called to my daughter to bring another camera and as she’s climbing from camera to camera I finally got her! She does have a surprised look on her face! More praying mantis here.

Grasshopper Camouflage

grasshopper camouflaged on branch

Unbeknownst to me I was getting very close to this grasshopper when I was checking for new growth on that potato bush branch – until I realized I was face-to-face with this guy! I’m glad I didn’t spook him off! It was a challenge getting good contrast and detail on this picture because of the lighting at dusk and the fact that he looked like a branch and was hard to see. And because after a few seconds he flew over me… Can you tell he only has one jumper leg?