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Mon Nov 11, 2019, 02:22 AM

Cysteodemus armatus, the inflated beetle.

Cysteodemus armatus, the inflated beetle. A spider like blister beetle in the Meloidae. Imperial County, California.



I hope you enjoy it! There are more images at https://mcamann.smugmug.com/Insect-macro-photography

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mike_c Nov 11 OP
bobbieinok Nov 11 #1
Jane Austin Nov 11 #2
Callalily Nov 11 #3
3Hotdogs Nov 11 #4
mike_c Nov 11 #5
3Hotdogs Nov 11 #6

Response to mike_c (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 02:37 AM

1. Wow! Those 4 that 1st show up are beautiful!

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Response to mike_c (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 03:22 AM

2. Thanks.

Beautiful photographs.

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Mon Nov 11, 2019, 07:08 AM

3. Wow! Very Nice!

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Response to mike_c (Original post)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 07:21 AM

4. How do ya get 'em to stand still?

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Response to 3Hotdogs (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 02:29 PM

5. They're pinned specimens from an entomology collection.

I clone out the pin in post processing. And the white background is real-- it's not a photoshop fill layer. I pose the specimens a couple inches above a piece of white foam board. I curate an entomology teaching collection, which is a mixed blessing. On the one hand there are lots of specimens to choose from, but on the other they are not well presented, legs folded unevenly, wings wonky, etc., and being handled frequently it's often hard to find specimens with all of their appendages.

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Response to mike_c (Reply #5)

Mon Nov 11, 2019, 08:34 PM

6. Thanx.

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