Lifelike, But Dead: rhinoceros beetle

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Dead beetles make interesting keepsakes because they don’t deteriorate quickly. This one was lying legs-up in the classic “dead bug” position, waiting to be taken home.*

Shot with Panasonic GX7 micro four thirds camera with 45mm Panasonic Leica macro lens (90mm equivalent), edited in Snapseed app.

*EDIT: I have been informed that this beetle is not a rhinoceros beetle, which is Australia’s largest beetle, but in fact a different kind of scarab, probably a dung beetle. Which is almost as awesome, because they are so useful in the natural world for breaking down dung (especially that of domestic farm animals) in readiness to become soil.

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