Texture Tuesday::A Beetle Story

by heatherkp

Last weekend we went on a camping and canoeing trip to Givhans Ferry, SC State park.  We stayed in one of the cabins right along the Edisto river.  This river is one of the longest Blackwater rivers in the country and is lined on both shores with beautiful cypress trees and limestone bluffs.

This big black scarab beetle was found by my husband in an oak log as he collected wood for a campfire last weekend.  The guys picked it up wearing gloves and brought it into the bathroom where we gave it a bath, we wanted him/her to be photo-op ready!  I got this shot of it while he hung out in the sink not having much to grip onto.  I applied a couple texture layers to the background to enhance the “story” behind this rhinoceros beetle (Phileurus truncatus Phileurini).  Pretty good looking (especially those back wings) don’t you think?   I would never want to bring it with me (unless it was dead) so it was returned to the woods along the river where it was found.  And that’s the short story that we know about finding this rhino beetle.

I love macro photography!

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6 Comments to “Texture Tuesday::A Beetle Story”

  1. Creepy & fascinating at the same time! For those of us who are not “into bugs”, how long is this critter?

  2. That’s kind of how I felt too. I did touch his back wings because they just looked so cool. It was about 1.5-2″ long.

  3. I too love macro photography. This guy is intense looking.

  4. Wow – nice macro, but scary looking!

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