This photo is the result of knowledge of subject more than anything else. Whenever I come across thorn bugs, they are almost always on wild tamarind trees. So, whenever I pass one of these trees, I check the branches for them. I found them that morning because I knew where to look and was actively searching for them.
How I got the shot
Arriving just before sunrise, I headed down one of my favorite trails in the pine rocklands of Everglades National Park looking for something interesting to shoot. After walking a short distance, I came upon a group of thorn bugs on a branch of a small wild tamarind tree. I often look for these insects but seldom find any, so I was excited to find them this time. Using a macro lens on my camera and a sturdy tripod, I composed them to run diagonally across the frame.
What I used
I used a Sony A7RIII camera with a Laowa 100mm macro lens on a FLM tripod. I shot at 1/13 second with ISO 320.