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Tetraopes tetrophthalmus, back_2020-07-29-15.26.30 ZS

Red Milkweed Beetle. Found in the natural area slated for the proposed MAGLEV repair facility on public land in Beltsville, Maryland. Tetraopes tetrophthalmus. Lives on milkweed. You know the story. Bright red, lounges on top of the milkweed vine. If you eat me, you will regret it sort of thing. Photo by Anders Croft.



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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


We Are Made One with What We Touch and See


We are resolved into the supreme air,

We are made one with what we touch and see,

With our heart's blood each crimson sun is fair,

With our young lives each spring impassioned tree

Flames into green, the wildest beasts that range

The moor our kinsmen are, all life is one, and all is change.

- Oscar Wilde



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Want some Useful Links to the Techniques We Use? Well now here you go Citizen:


Best over all technical resource for photo stacking:


Free Field Guide to Bee Genera of Maryland:


Basic USGSBIML set up:


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.


Bees of Maryland Organized by Taxa with information on each Genus


PDF of Basic USGSBIML Photography Set Up:


Google Hangout Demonstration of Techniques:



Excellent Technical Form on Stacking:


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Uploaded on July 29, 2020