Dung beetle and dung ball

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© May Lattanzio
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Almost stepped on this little critter. Amazing. I took a series of photos and then it started burrowing. It will take this dung ball (just a bit smaller than a golf ball) and bury it, then lay eggs in it. The rotting manure will keep the eggs warm and they will probably overwinter in the ground and emerge in the spring.

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  • Sheila

    Sheila (Deleted) gave props (13 Nov 2009):

    Great capture!

  • Regenia Brabham

    Regenia Brabham (Deleted) gave props (17 Nov 2009):

    EWWWW!! Thank you for teaching me something new! Great find and shot.

  • Aloha Montgomery

    Aloha Montgomery gave props (18 Nov 2009):

    And I thouht my job was kind of poopy! Thanks for sharing this shot May!

  • Judy Wanamaker

    Judy Wanamaker (Deleted) gave props (19 Nov 2009):

    A truly interesting but disgusting little creature. Great shot.

  • Leanne Silva

    Leanne Silva gave props (19 Jan 2010):


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