Hopping mad

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Well, it was nice while it lasted. After yesterday’s bright sunshine, today we found ourselves firmly back in autumn, with dark, windy, drizzly conditions that were frankly fairly hopeless for macro photography. But I didn’t get where I am today without wasting time on fools errands, so off out I went with the macro and the ring flash, and spent almost two hours trudging around, photographing nothing more interesting than this rather sweet little chap – my very first subject of the day.

I spotted it on ivy on a birch tree half way down the garden, and pursued it for five minutes or so, while it frantically dodged back and forth to try to keep either a stem or a leaf between itself and the camera. Based on its spiny rear thighs I’m pretty sure it’s a leafhopper (though I haven’t been able to find out which one), so I’m a little mystified as to why it didn’t simply fly away. Perhaps it was too cold. Anyway, as soon as I had a couple of reasonable shots I left it in peace, and I trust that it eventually regained its equilibrium.