This grasshopper landed on our window the other night. I grabbed my camera quickly but only managed to snap one shot before he hopped off, completely out of sight. It’s not the bug macro I would normally hope for but maybe I can pass it off as bug art. 😉
He put up a brilliant fight and I had this exact image lunging toward me every time I tried to touch him…but finally my persistence paid off and I was able to pick him up. 🙂 He is a Blue Tongue Lizard, a skink to be exact and aptly named for the obvious. He looks and feels like a snake, except he has legs. When approached by a possible predator this lizard expands with air, hisses and snaps his giant, blue tongued mouth at anything he can. Blue Tongues are larger than normal skinks and can be quite intimidating when approached.
After admiring him gently this afternoon I went inside to read about him. I read that they have powerful bites and will latch on to your finger if given the chance. Although he almost got me a few times, I thankfully didn’t get bit and we both walked away completely unscathed.
This is a Leaf Hopper nymph. They are tiny, not much bigger than a flea. I not only used my macro (Tamron 60mm), I used extension tubes (to get closer focusing range) and my Kenko 1.4 x teleconverter to get some close up detail that is necessary in macro.