IMG13232 Dung beetles

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    Dung beetles are beetles that feed partly or exclusively on feces. All of these species belong to the superfamily Scarabaeoidea; most of them to the subfamilies Scarabaeinae and Aphodiinae of the family Scarabaeidae. This beetle can also be referred to as the scarab beetle. As most species of Scarabaeinae feed exclusively on feces, that subfamily is often dubbed true dung beetles. There are dung-feeding beetles which belong to other families, such as the Geotrupidae (the earth-boring dung beetle). The Scarabaeinae alone comprises more than 5,000 species.

    Many dung beetles, known as rollers, are noted for rolling dung into spherical balls, which are used as a food source or brooding chambers. Other dung beetles, known as tunnelers, bury the dung wherever they find it. A third group, the dwellers, neither roll nor burrow: they simply live in manure. They are usually attracted by the dung burrowing owls collect.

    Mimmo Photo, and 6 other people added this photo to their favorites.

    1. Mimmo Photo 69 months ago | reply

      Wonderful wow
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      Bravo

    2. tkash 69 months ago | reply

      a dirty job, but someone or something has to do it - great images here

    3. smiley117/ mary 69 months ago | reply

      Excellent macro, very interesting.

    4. {klb♥photography} 69 months ago | reply

      wow!! those sure are some big beetles!

    5. AnyMotion 69 months ago | reply

      A wonderful capture !!!

    6. Tut99 (Roger) 69 months ago | reply

      Nasty looking guys.
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