Damsels in Digital Dress

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Science  17 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5375, pp. 303c
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5375.303c

Get up close and personal with damselflies like this one (a Hetaerina americana) at the Damselflies of Texas* site, the brainchild of Texas A&M entomologist Forrest Mitchell. Not long ago, Mitchell, who studies whether some insects can serve as canaries in a coalmine for water quality, developed a way to capture the brilliant colors of dragonflies by scanning them into a computer (Science, 30 May 1997, p. 1341). Now in addition to his Web dragonfly museum, he's created a gallery of scanned images and field photos of damselflies. The scans have such sharp resolution and true-to-life color, it's as if your computer screen were a car windshield milliseconds before splatter.

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