SUBJECT: CARABID GROUND BEETLE (ORDER COLEOPTERA)
NATURAL HISTORY: This gorgeous animal is a ground beetle in the family Carabidae. This particular specimen is native to China's eastern Zhejiang Province. As you can probably surmise from the subject's wicked, protruding jaws, these beetles are predators that feed primarily on other invertebrates: millipedes, slugs and snails, for example. Despite the beetles' robust, tank-like framework, they are agile and tenacious hunters. Some even secrete noxious fluids from their anal glands when threatened by predators…or curious photographers. These beetles are so large and mobile that, in China (where these beetles are native), they could be spotted from a moving scooter as the beetles crossed the road. It's not uncommon for carabid beetles to boast beautiful metallic colors. Many North American species look as though they have been slicked with oil or colored in with metallic pens.
LOCATION: Sanmen County, Zhejiang Province, China
PRINT DIMENSIONS: 11" X 17"
SPECS: All photos are printed by the experts at LightPrint, a New York-based digital printing team, on Fuji Crystal Archive paper with a matte finish.
A typed version of the above natural history sketch will be included with your order. Because knowledge is power. And arthropods are awesome.
ETHICS AND PROCESS: I DO NOT kill, injure or pose my invertebrate subjects. All animals pictured in were alive when photographed and, unless they were incorporated into a collection for scientific purposes, were subsequently released back into their respective habitats.
My pieces are personal, artistic expressions; my interpretations of my arthropod subjects. The photos are not, therefore, meant to be viewed as scientifically exact reflections of the subjects.