One-shot Wednesday: dung beetle

This isn’t a good shop, it is still  my own .

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.[1]

8 comments on “One-shot Wednesday: dung beetle

  1. Not until a couple of years ago did I see a dung beetle outside of a Zoo. However, that might have something to do with the fact that I don’t normally go looking at feces at in the wild. lol

    • They normally only use grass eaters(plant eating) dung. Very interesting to see them rolling it into a ball. They usually lay their eggs inside so the is enough food at first for their off spring!

  2. I love seeing the insect photos. The next time I’m in Africa I want to see the Little Five, which includes the ant lion and rhino beetle. All living creatures fascinate me.

    • Yes, they are very special. We always played with the ant lions. Take a piece of dried grass and go around in their tiny hole in the sand and they think it is an ant. They grab it before you can pull it away.Cute to see them quickly digging in backwards back in the sand.

    • Thanks. When I was still young and had to look after my goats grazing in the veld I always enjoyed watching dung beetles at work. One is always taking a ride while the second one is doing all the rolling.

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