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Hololepta plana @ 10x

Hololepta plana could be the flattest beetle in Europe. It belongs to the family of Hister beetles (Histeridae) which are predators of other invertebrates. This species lives under barks, mainly of poplar trees. Its length is 8-10mm, but the height is not more than 1mm.

137 shots were taken with the Mitutoyo BD Plan APO 10x microscope objective at 10x magnification.

 

Below there is a studio shot of a living specimen!

 

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Taken on March 14, 2011