A Mite-y Discovery!

Sometimes, when we look at something from a different angle we can make some surprising discoveries. I was playing with my new Cosmos Digital Microscope from Celestron today and wanted to take some shots of exoskeletal microstructure.


For my subject, I chose a Phaneus vindex rainbow dung beetle from our pinned collection. This is a male- you can tell by the horn that comes off the back of the head.These beetles have SO MUCH going on. There’s the bronze/orange-chocolate colored pronotum, and the shiny, striated (lined) green elytra.