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Danish designer and photographer Poul Beckmann's dazzling beetle portraits are of specimens gathered from collectors in Africa, Australia, Asia, and Central America for his book, Living Jewels 2. Beckmann used 70s-era macro lenses with an exceptional ability to record detail and reveal features often missed: the glitter of compound eyes, fingerlike appendages flanking the mouth, coats of iridescent fuzz.

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