Colorful Broad-headed Sharpshooter Leafhopper - (Oncometopia orbona?)

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    I've been trying to photograph one of these beautiful leafhoppers for a few days now.

    They like hanging out on the stems of some tall sunflowers in my backyard, and as you walk around the plant, they swiftly move to the opposite side - making them very difficult to spot.

    This guy proved a bit more friendly than the others, and crawled up on my finger and let me re-locate him an a big leaf which I held up to the sky and photographed him on. (So the blue background you see is actually a cloudless sky). Once I was done, I put him back right where I found him - on the sunflower near another Oncometopian with a different color variation (with much more blue as opposed to this guy's pinkish-purple).

    Taken with the 50mm reversed on a few extension tubes and focus stacked from 3 photos.

    Alejandro Pérez Rizo, and 409 other people added this photo to their favorites.

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    1. ViviWeinreich [deleted] 55 months ago | reply

      I found one these today, but my picture is not near good as yours. Congratulations.

    2. معضاد 53 months ago | reply

      grate one , i like the color , all your pictures make me crazy !

    3. Bichos de mi Patio 52 months ago | reply

      Que es este bicho?? Jaja!!

    4. sethgoldstein72 50 months ago | reply

      This is a really gorgeous shot!! Great work.

    5. home77_Pascale 49 months ago | reply

      wahouuuu !! ça c'est sublime comme macro !!

      Vu dans le groupe Louisa's Macro Gallery

    6. New Zealand Wild 49 months ago | reply

      Far out ! God must have been tripping on acid when he made this !
      Way cool !

    7. New Zealand Wild 49 months ago | reply

      Truly incredible ! The ultimate leaf hopper.

    8. Sandsoftime49 47 months ago | reply

      Just incredible.......!

    9. MKawano.Photography 47 months ago | reply

      Crazy bug and crazy good shot!

    10. Jose_Campoy 44 months ago | reply

      Where do you find all those wonderful insects !

      amazing work.

    11. pim van den heuvel 44 months ago | reply

      I have seen a lot of macro pictures and your pictures are one of the best I have seen.

    12. seattlerayhutch45 43 months ago | reply

      Mesmerizing macro!

    13. mathiasvalsgaard 38 months ago | reply

      This is amazing! Have you written any kind of: "How to" post about your macro-technique? :D Would love to read something as such!

    14. Dorsetdunk 36 months ago | reply

      A stunning leaf hopper perfectly captured they are my favorite macro study and i take loads in UK though none quite as colorful or indeed as friendly

    15. sylvain Richer de Forges 24 months ago | reply

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    16. Thank you for ONE MILLION VIEWS !!!! 18 months ago | reply

      Your work is truly magnificent Sir , I hope you have a great Sunday !!!!

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