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Velvet Ant, side, Badlands, Pennington Co, SD

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COWKILLER! Sorry for the capitals, but its seems inevitable. As this glorious large specimen of Velvet Ant demands attention. I haven't tried picking up one of the females, but apparently it is one of the most severely painful stings available. Capture in Badlands National Park in South Dakota. 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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