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The Friday Beetle returns with a simply massive insect, Callipogon, among Central America’s largest longhorns. We (well, Mrs. Myrmecos) picked up this ferociously furry male during a trip to Belize last year. Presumably the plush mandibles have something to do with mating, as only the males sport an impressive rack.

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photo details:
top photo: Canon 17-40mm f/4.0L wide angle macro lens on a 12mm extension tube.

ISO 400, f/9.0, 1/250 sec, diffuse off-camera strobe
bottom photos: Canon 100mm f/2.8 macro lens
ISO 200, f/14-f/18, 1/250 sec, inside a studio white box