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Absolutely Spectabilis!
Photograph by G.R. Ballmer

Dotted with gold, Chrysina spectabilis was thought to be extinct when scientists found populations thriving in the pine and oak forests of Cusuco National Park in Honduras. One of the largest of the jewel species, the beetle’s “spots” are actually shallow impressions that appear gold because of structure, not pigmentation.



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





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