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Gentian and a matching bug
Gentianopsis holopetala Sierra Gentian and an unknown species of insect

Photographed along the North Fork Big Pine Creek Trail about 1/2 mile before First Lake, John Muir Wilderness, Inyo National Forest, CA

July 20, 2008


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slowbutsteadythe colour purple


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Very nice. The insect seems to have a purple color, similar to the flower Was the insect that color or is the flower reflecting color onto insect? Charles Baxter.
Posted Mar 27, 2012 12:41 pm

slowbutsteadyreason for the color...


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After closer inspection, it may be that the wings are acting like small lenses...projecting the color onto the stripped abdomen of insect.
Posted Mar 27, 2012 12:47 pm

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tarolSubmitted by tarol
on Jul 28, 2008 10:21 am

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