photographed by Andre de Kessel - "Cerambycid beetle (ca 25mm long, Coleoptera, Lamiinae, Cerambycidae; ID: ...) from the dense rain forest of Yangambi (DR Congo, November 2013, ethanol preserved)." ...
Another Dung beetle (just 14mm long) with horns on both cephalon and prothorax (Scarabaeidae; DR Congo, Lubumbashi area). These creatures are the most amazing weight lifters, pushing up 800 to 1000x their own weight, again and again. Preserved this specimen in ethanol for a year now. Stack based on 54 images (ISO100, 1/200sec, f5.6, paper roll diffused flash). The last two images taken at f7.1 and f10 to increase the 'feeling' of depth in the final stacked image. Had to increase the power…
Blue green metallic longhorn
Caught this specimen (Philematium sp; 25mm long) in the savannah woodlands of northern Benin (West Africa, Wari Maro), some 15 years ago. Kept it dry for all those years and rehydrated it for a portrait session :D Studio stack based on 131 images, taken with the mpe65mm at 5x (ISO100, 1/200sec, f5, paper diffused flash). ZereneStacker (Dmap & Pmax), LR for minor adjustments, image cropped from 7.2mm to 6mm high, now about 6x (FF).
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