Egyptian Dung
Beetle

The Egyptian Dung beetle is found in Africa. Jagged edges on this beetle's legs help it scrape dung together to form the dung into a ball. It antennae flatten when the beetle searches for food.
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On A Heap Of Dung
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Egyptian Dung Beetle (Scarabaeus sacer) external link
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(Photo taken 12:01:43 Wednesday 13 October 2010)
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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.


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Beneficial Insect
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Egyptian Dung Beetle (Scarabaeus sacer) external link
San Diego Zoo internal link Balboa Park, San Diego, California
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(Photo taken 12:01:51 Wednesday 13 October 2010)
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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.


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Iridescent Body
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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
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When the Egyptian Dung Beetle catches the light just right it can iridesce into bright fire-like colors.


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