Spiny Leaf Insect

Posted by Sandy R-B on Thu Aug 22, 2019 12:54 pm

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Nikon D850
70-180mm @ 122mm
1/15 sec, f/10
Mode: Av
Metering: Multi-segment
Exp comp: +2/3
ISO: 800
White balance: Auto
Flash: TTL-3 

Fascinating insect - about 3-6 inches long, extremely well-camoflaged when hanging among identical brown, dried, curled leaves. They sway in the wind if the leaves sway. When threatened, they flip over (right-side up), curl their tails over their back and raise their front legs to look very much like a scorpion.
Docile and don't bite. Sadly, commonly kept as pets. 
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by Tom Whelan on Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:10 pm
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An intriguing insect, fine detail and flash lighting. The leafy setting is perfect, nice contrast to the insect.

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by Cynthia Crawford on Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:23 pm
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Amazing what is out there in the world, and how things behave. Thanks for the story- can't imagine this for a pet! Beautiful colors and contrasts.
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by rhighercat on Mon Aug 26, 2019 9:34 pm
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Interesting bug and the story. Nicely framed by the leaves.

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