Amazon Lowlands - Nina Zitani
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Often the most beautiful thing in the forest is an insect. This is "Euchroma gigantea" one of the largest members of the family Buprestidae, or jewel beetles. The larvae feed on dead kapok, or "Ceiba" trees, ultimately helping to decompose the wood and return nutrients to the soil. Shiripuno Lodge in Yasuni Biosphere Reserve, Ecuador.

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