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An Endangering Species

An Endangering Species
Photograph by Mark W. Moffett

Long–horned beetles such as Batocera (above) are unwelcome forest residents because they attack healthy hardwoods and not dying trees, as many other long–horned beetle species do. Females chew holes in bark to lay eggs, then the larvae feed on tree tissue. If the pathways that carry water from roots to the leafy canopy are sufficiently disrupted, the tree dies. A related species, Anoplophora glabripennis, is thought to have entered the United States in packing crates shipped from China and now threatens America’s forests just as it harms China’s.

Camera: Canon EOS III
Film Type: Ektachrome SW
Lens: 14mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/4 @ f/22
Weather Conditions: Cloudy
Time of Day: 4 p.m.
Lighting Techniques: Flash

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