This insect is a member of the dor beetles (Geotrupidae - Wikipedia) 74 photos were taken with the Canon MP-E macro lens. 2 IKEA LED lamps were used for lighting, diffused with a paper cylinder. The beetle is mounted here, below you can see a single shot of a living individual! View larger!
This is real animal. Don't believe me? Its a Ultra macro shot of early morning dew on a dragonfly. The dew droplets magnify the myriad of facets on the eyes ... which gives the dragonfly superior vision in the animal world. Tip from Van Ness Water Gardens