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Thursday, June 12, 2008

Gaudy Bee

I saw this little guy on one of the rock walls of our camp site. I think Dad would like the colorful, gaudy appearance of this five-eyed critter. I cropped an otherwise so-so picture in which the bee had moved its wings to the side and gave a good view of the pebbled surface of the exoskeleton. I wonder if the coloration comes from the layering of chitin rather than pigment (similar to some beetles and perhaps to some butterfly scales).
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