Trichothurgus dubius, m, tool, chile

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Detailed Description

Note the lovely bee tools this species has, in the shape of expanded tibial spurs.This species nests in standing dead columnar cactus in South America. The genus as a whole lives along the western coast of South America. Interestingly one of the species has been found to nest in horse manure, which brings up the point of where did they nest before horses were introduced into South America. So many mysteries. Photography Information: Canon Mark II 5D, Zerene Stacker, Stackshot Sled, 65mm Canon MP-E 1-5X macro lens, Twin Macro Flash in Styrofoam Cooler, F5.0, ISO 100, Shutter Speed 200. USGSBIML Photoshopping Technique: Note that we now have added using the burn tool at 50% opacity set to shadows to clean up the halos that bleed into the black background from "hot" color sections of the picture.

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Image Dimensions: 2480 x 3176

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