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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Dung Beetle (Copris elphener)

Family Scarabaeidae
 A small dung beetle which also has a horn.

The male digs tunnels under the dung and fills them with the dung.
 Females come and lay an egg at each tunnel so that when the larvae hatches it can feed off it so please do not ride over dung laying in the roads. There is a whole echo-system going on in it which we do not see or know about.


Gaelyn said...

They are very cool creatures.

Firefly the Travel Guy said...

I want to see and photograph one of these for real