Our Wildlife Photo Contest, now in its second year, received nearly 1,000 entries showcasing the behaviors and habitats of wildlife around the world. The winners will be announced soon.
Check out this slideshow of the 25 finalists.
The planthopper’s defense mechanism is that it looks like a leaf. This was not a great idea in this case because when I was looking in the back garden for subjects for my macro lens—the planthopper was hiding on chive stalk, which does not have leaves, and so it stood out even though it was less in height than a couple of stalks together. Even better, once it sensed danger it just stood there still pretending to be a leaf, and so I could arrange my tripod, add a little side light and take pictures as long as I wanted.