Slide show: 2013 Cool Science Image Contest Winners Posted April 1, 2013
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Automeris banus
The larval form of the moth Automeris banus rests on a branch in Palenque National Park, Mexico, after releasing large amounts of toxins into the unsuspecting hand of a human researcher. The field biologist miraculously survived, and subsequently snapped this image with her rapidly swelling hand. This species of moth can be observed in tropical rain forests across southeastern Mexico, Central America, and South America.

Peggy Boone, graduate student, Zoology Department

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