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Forest Gem
Photograph by David Hawks

A shining example of a jewel scarab beetle, Chrysina strasseni hangs out on a leaf in Honduras’s Pico Pijol National Park. Jewel scarabs are favorites of many insect collectors, who will pay $5 to $500 apiece, depending on the specimen. A perfect C. strasseni might go for $200, but this one was collected for science, not for sale.



Camera: Nikon 6006
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 55mm Nikon macro
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: Unrecorded
Time of Day: Night
Lighting Techniques: Ring flash with diffusion cone





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