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Rove beetle larvae – Kibale forest, Uganda

Most of us think of beetles as heavily armored and often colorful tank-like animals. But they aren’t born that way. Like all insects with complete metamorphosis, beetles start as grublike larvae bearing little resemblance to the adults. I photographed these two immature rove beetles while searching for ants in a rotting log.


photo details:
Canon MP-E  65mm 1-5x macro lens on a Canon EOS 7D
ISO 200, f/13, 1/200 sec
diffuse twin flash