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Submission 2024

The ground beetle appears quite monstrous in size. Its cuticle is reflects the light from my flash like plastic.
Submitted by:Aldo Rios
Department:Agricultural, Food & Nutritional Science
Faculty:Agricultural, Life & Environmental Sciences

Photograph of the ground beetle, Pterostichus melanarius, preying on an agricultural pest, the tarnished plant bug, Lygus lineolaris. This photograph was taken during a laboratory bioassay conducted to determine how long the DNA of this prey item can be detected in the gut of the beetle.

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The specimens were placed inside a lightbox and photographed with a DSLR camera equipped with extension tubes. This was a challenging photograph to take, as I wanted to capture the action under an angle that allowed to distinguish and recognize both species.