Egyptian Dung, Beetle

On A Heap Of Dung
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A group of several Egyptian Dung Beetles clambered over a heap of dung. The saw-like surface of their front legs aided them in rolling bits of dung into a ball. The balls were later rolled into an underground chamber so that it could feed its offspring; behavior which inspired Ancient Egyptians to compare it Khepri external link the Sun God.


Egyptian Dung Beetle (Scarabaeus sacer) external link   •  San Diego Zoo internal link Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 23 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 12:01:43 Wednesday 13 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9982
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Beneficial Insect
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Because dung beetles bury and consume dung, they help recycle nutrients external link. They also protect livestock, such as cattle, by removing dung which, if left in place, could provide habitat for harmful pests such as flies.


Egyptian Dung Beetle (Scarabaeus sacer) external link   •  San Diego Zoo internal link Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 23 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 12:01:51 Wednesday 13 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9983
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Iridescent Body
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When the Egyptian Dung Beetle catches the light just right it can iridesce into bright fire-like colors.


Egyptian Dung Beetle (Scarabaeus sacer) external link   •  San Diego Zoo internal link Balboa Park, San Diego, California   •  (Photo posted Wednesday 23 March 2011)   •  (Photo taken 12:02:31 Wednesday 13 October 2010)   •  © 2011 Bryan Costales Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial License #BCX_9985
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