In Your Face (Leaf-footed bug, Coreidae)

leaf-footed bug nymph head in profile

A leaf-footed bug (Coreidae) nymph is showing some stubble.

These bugs are tricky subjects to photograph. They go from narrow to wide, flat to round; their long, sprawling legs eschew any consistent focus. I didn’t take a lot of shots of this particular bug, leaning on past experiences (where I had taken dozens if not over a hundred trying to get something satisfactory), but instead went with a straightforward tact of getting a “face” shot. Unlike leps, flies, and odonates, a front on head shot isn’t necessarily going to give you much to look at, quite literally, with their narrow heads. But I think this angle shows off a lot of the bug’s abundant character.


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