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BBC Earth Features “Beautiful Bug of Belize” Blog

BBC Earth is featuring a blog post on the beautiful bugs of Belize. The article is about the work of Thomas Shahan who is an Oregon-based artist and macro-photographer who specializes in high magnification photography. Shahan is the imaging specialist for the Oregon Department of Agriculture’s entomology and for the past two years, he has been teaching macro photography workshops in Belize, and taking stunning photographs of bugs during his trips.

‘Most tourists visit the country for the clear tropical waters off the coast, but inland Belize includes deep jungle habitats with incredible biodiversity and an enormous amount of arthropod life,” reads the BBC article.

Thomas tells BBC Earth, “I find the seemingly endless diversity and beauty of arthropods fascinating. It’s like exploring another world full of alien life forms.

“Arthropods are often feared, misunderstood, or labelled as pests – unjustly – despite the pivotal role they play in the Earth’s ecosystems. They are certainly more beneficial to the planet than we are as a species.”

Below are three jaw-dropping photos that Thomas Shahan shared with the BBC:

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Read the full article here: http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20150309-the-beautiful-bugs-of-belize?ocid=twert

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