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Leaf-footed Bug - Acanthocephala terminalis

Leaf-footed Bug - Acanthocephala terminalis
Loogootee, Martin County, Indiana, USA
May 4, 2004
Size: .75''
A spread view of Acanthocephala terminalis. A nice view of the wings and the coloration under the wings.

Hi Tyler.
Have you tried temporarily mounting dark specimens like this one on a darker background? It would help illuminate their colors more since your camera adjusts exposure to the average shade of what it sees. A light-colored background causes the camera to make automatic settings for too bright a reading. Likewise, if a very light-colored insect is photographed against a dark background, the insect will be over-exposed.

Having a variety of backround tones that are the same tone as but a different color than your insect can give you the right automatic exposure settings. For this bug I would try a dark blue or green to contrast with the reddish-brown hemelytra. It might be good to temporarily remove the specimen tag as well. (I'm assuming these are insects in your personal collection.)

I would add
to Jim's comments that this is a beautifully mounted specimen; but if you take another photo, please, make sure that the tips of the antennae don't get cropped out.

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