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Beetles Fan
Photograph by Robert Clark

Perfectly pinned and labeled, a batch of beetles resides at Down House, Darwin's country home near London, revealing his interest in species classification while he was still a student at Cambridge University. The largest beetle shown, Euchirus longimanus, remains a mystery. It may have come from Indonesia via naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace or from dealer E. W. Janson, who supplied Darwin with various horned specimens. "Darwin was fanatical about beetles," says British entomologist Kenneth Smith. In Darwin's day, "if you were a beetles man, it was considered manly. They're pretty tough insects."

Photo Fast Facts

Camera: Sinar P2 4 x 5
Film Type: Fuji Provia 100F
Lens: 180mm
Speed and F-Stop: 1/250 @ f/22
Weather Conditions: Indoors
Time of Day: Unrecorded
Lighting Techniques: Soft lighting source over camera, hard lighting source to the side to create depth.


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