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Cleared for Take Off
Photograph by David Hawks

A Chrysina quetzalcoatli is freed in Cusuco National Park, leaving a fecal trail. “They almost always do that before they take off,” says entomologist David Hawks. Hawks and collaborator Ronald Cave are estimating population sizes of jewel scarabs in order to assess how collecting by scientists and bug enthusiasts may affect beetle numbers.



Camera: Nikon 6006
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: 80-210mm Nikon zoom
Speed and F-Stop: Unrecorded
Weather Conditions: Sunny
Time of Day: Midmorning
Lighting Techniques: Natural





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