I’m back with another wildlife photography post from my travels around the Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge in Oklahoma. Yesterday I shared images of a beautiful white-tailed doe and her fawn (An Unexpected Doe and Fawn Encounter). Today I want to showcase this shot I captured of two mating grasshoppers, with the one on top covered in morning dew.

Mating Grasshoppers

Top Grasshopper Covered In Morning Dew During Mating

I always enjoy photographing insects covered in dew drops. The way the water magnifies their features and refracts light is captivating. I was lucky enough to come across these two grasshoppers in the midst of their mating ritual just as the sun was rising. The dew gave the upper grasshopper an extra glittery appearance that made for a great photo.

Here are the technical details for those interested:

  • Camera: Canon EOS R5
  • Lens: Canon RF 100-500mm F4.5-7.1 L IS USM
  • Location: Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge, Oklahoma
  • Date and Time Taken: September 16, 2023 (08:10 A.M.)
  • Program Mode: Manual
  • Aperture: f/10
  • Shutter Speed: 1/800 sec
  • ISO: 1000 (Auto)
  • Exposure Comp: -0.3
  • Focal Length: 500mm

In the realm of wildlife photography, each day unveils unique moments waiting to be captured. Whether it’s the elegance of a white-tailed doe or the delicate dance of grasshoppers adorned with morning dew, nature constantly surprises and delights us.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this close-up look at the dew-covered grasshopper as much as I relished photographing it. If you have a favorite insect or morning dew shot, or if you’ve encountered similar enchanting moments in nature, I’d love to hear about them in the comments. Let’s continue to share our passion for the beauty that surrounds us.

Thank you for joining me on this photographic journey,
Steve Creek