The Sonoran Desert may not imply a great place to see dragonflies, but interestingly enough, it is! Find one healthy wetland ecosystem, and it tends to be loaded with them! Tucson, AZ.
This dragonfly chose a perch with a beautiful background of duckweed, resulting in the stunning deep green. Tucson, AZ.
Encountered in a remote wooded canyon, late in October, this enormous horse lubber grasshopper could barely move. Oracle, AZ.
On rare occasion, a photographer must quite literally put their flesh/blood into the efforts of a picture. This grasshopper was proving itself to be a challenging photography subject, until I had the thought to stage some shots from the end of my finger. My subject was quite content to rest here, and after a few seconds, I knew why when a sharp pain visited my fingertip. I let him/her continue to munch, snapping my shots one-handed. Photo taken in Bald Eagle State Forest, PA, USA.
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A lovely green grasshopper enjoys the splendors of a former grass yard that was recently converted into wildflower garden. Winfield, PA.
A scarlet and green leafhopper (whew, that's a mouthful!) rests for a few moments. Winfield, PA.