I was scouting potential macro photos of a very large poinsettia plant (about 8 feet high) at my local botanical garden when I came upon this grasshopper. He had been poking holes in a bract (note the white globs of milky sap) and gave me such a mean glare when I moved in close to photograph him. Have you ever seen such a menacing look in an insect’s eyes? :) (Olympus E-510 & Zuiko 50mm macro, f/7.1, 1/60 sec, ISO 400, filtered late morning sun, handheld)

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  • Celeste Mookherjee
    Celeste Mookhe...4 months ago

    I was scouting potential macro photos of a very large poinsettia plant (about 8 feet high) at my local botanical garden when I came upon this grasshopper. He had been poking holes in a bract (note the white globs of milky sap) and gave me such a mean glare when I moved in close to photograph him. Have you ever seen such a menacing look in an insect’s eyes? :)

  • Alison Gilbert
    Alison Gilbert4 months ago

    Go macro girl!! What a fabulous shot with the details, colours, composition!! Haha, he does look annoyed, and with reason! I notice more and more how similar insects responses to situations are to those of people! If a cockroach sees me it makes a dash behind a cupboard and then peeks out, quickly drawing it’s head in when it sees I’m still looking. It got to the stage where I stopped killing them, and instead removed in a container to the other end of the garden. In the last year I can’t even do that … I think “but then they won’t be with their family anymore”, so now they just walk right up to me because they know I won’t even chase them! I must be turning into a Buddhist, but where will it end, lol!!

  • I am picturing you having this “conversation” of sorts with a cockroach. :) I can’t do that if I see one because I want it gone and will set bait traps to make sure the family goes packing. Outdoors is different, as that world belongs to the insects as much as any of nature’s creatures. And yes, this grasshopper had reason to be annoyed because I interrupted its foraging. Thank you, Alison!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AnnDixon
    AnnDixon4 months ago

    Natures Paintbrush Group
    Fabulous capture, .

  • Thank you, Ann!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Laurie Minor
    Laurie Minor4 months ago

    Great capture, Celeste! It looks like it’s about to hop right on to the lens of your camera!! :))

  • Thank you very much, Laurie! I believe he may have been trying to intimidate me so I’d leave him alone. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Bette Devine
    Bette Devine4 months ago

    You are right – there is definite menace there! Interesting and dramatic image!

  • Thanks for the great comment, Bette! Usually they don’t engage like this. They ignore me or move away, but this guy had attitude. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Gabrielle  Lees
    Gabrielle Lees4 months ago

    Really cool shot Celeste!

  • Thank you very much, Gabrielle!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • KatMagic Photography
    KatMagic Photo...4 months ago

    Goodness me, you are correct about those eyes. It’s the first thing I noticed when I look at this photo. Menacing is the exact word for it. Incredible macro, Celeste, and even more so as I know this was done handheld. Fabulous work and fabulous eye, as always!

  • Thank you, Katherine! I saw at the time that he was glaring at me, but I didn’t fully realize how dramatic the look was until I saw the image on my screen at home. A macro lens is a wonderful tool. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • AngieDavies
    AngieDavies4 months ago

    He definitely seems to be saying you’re in my way here! Great detail and color!

  • Thanks very much, Angie! I’m sure he was trying to scare me off. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Keala
    Keala4 months ago

    Neat find Celeste! He does look rather cross!

  • Thanks, Leigh! He seemed to have a bit of an attitude. :)

    – Celeste Mookherjee

  • Steve Randall
    Steve Randall4 months ago

    16 May 2014

  • Thank you very much for the feature!

    – Celeste Mookherjee

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