Elegant grasshopper, Selati Game Reserve, South Africa by Ricardo Ferreira

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Spring means blooming all around, and I can spend the whole day outdoors looking for the smallest creatures to capture. This is an Elegant Grasshopper specimen, one of the most common yet beautiful ones found in South Africa. Locusts can turn into a plague as we witnessed last year in some countries of Africa, destroying crops as they pass. Nonetheless, like all live organisms, grasshoppers in balanced numbers are needed in several ecosystems. Nature is marvellous. The colours of this grasshopper look like they were intentional and strategically painted so it can perfectly blend with its surroundings. They make good subjects to photograph and try new techniques to improve one skills, as they stay still and don’t move much or move slowly, until they decide to jump. However, in this particular situation, the grasshopper was eating the flower so fast that I only had time to take a couple of shots before the flower was vanished. Once he finished he quickly jumped far to its next meal.

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