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I love dung beetles!! it is big fun to lie on my stomach and watch them. There is so much going on in a pile of dung :-)


There's construction work as huge perfectly round balls of dung are made in no time at all.

There is blossoming love, as the females come flying in and above the dung pile let themselves fall straight into the fresh dung. They come to inspect the male's balls and when they see one they like they just cling onto it.

Than the male goes down on his 'hands' an starts rolling the ball with his hind legs, still with the female attached. They can roll up to 50 times their own bodyweight! They always roll the ball in a straight line to where they want to go, no matter what obstacles there might be (I once saw a couple of dung beetles roll their ball over a leopard's bum).


But on the way to the spot where they are going to bury the ball, there are many dangers! You can get trampled by an elephant, driven over by a vehicle, get eaten by a bird of.. your ball can get stolen by another dung beetle who's too lazy to roll one himself!! And than you'll have to fight. Fight like the brave little gladiator you are...


The Wildlife Diary has been updated with another truly exciting day.


Have a wonderful weekend everyone!!


Shot with the 500mm; perhaps not the most obvious macro lens :-)

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Taken on November 20, 2010