Dung Beetles on the Cover!

I am extremely pleased to have had the opportunity to custom-shoot a cover for this week’s Science magazine:

The research comes from Armin Moczek’s lab at the University of Indiana, known for pioneering studies on the evolution of novel structures. In this case, they figured out that horns are built by co-opting gene networks normally involved in wing development.

To produce this cover, we created dozens of alternate compositions, species, and concepts, including live beetles and focus-stacks of preserved specimens. Which I’d love to show you, but they’re contractually under wraps until the new year. Bear with me…

4 thoughts on “Dung Beetles on the Cover!”

  1. Thanks for the post! I saw the photo on my weekly Science TOC email, and I was impressed by the photography. Nice to know it was someone I’ve followed online for a while.

  2. Oh my gosh that scarab is very cute! Dung beetles are my favorite Coleopteran (and insect in general) so I am excited to see a magazine this recognized talking about Scarabaeidae!

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