Campylenchia latipes- Widefooted Treehopper
One of the great challenges for any photographer is to find interesting subjects close to where you are. I once heard that there are a lifetime of amazing photographic opportunities only a mile from where you live. I don't need to travel to South Carolina to find amazing images- the opportunities in our own backyard are limitless.
Take this widefooted treehopper, for example. One evening last week when it wasn't raining, Megan and I were running Weston around the backyard. I stopped to examine the patch of Canada goldenrod that I have let grow up along our back fence. One stem of goldenrod had a thorn. Canada goldenrod with a thorn? How could that be possible?
After I moved in closer, I saw that this "thorn" was actually a treehopper. The diversity of these tiny little bugs is amazing. And the mimicry that that this particular species possesses is even cooler. What great camouflage. But you can't fool us- we botanists know Canada goldenrod doesn't have thorns!