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close-up photo Pachnoda thoracica

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Scarab beetle

The scarab is a type of beetle noted for rolling dung into spherical balls and pushing it, as well as its habit of laying its eggs in animal dung. Because most of the scarab species work with dung they are commonly referred to as dung beetles.
The dung beetles are classified as family Scarabaeidae, which includes over 26,000 species in numerous genera, including the African genus Goliathus, among the largest and heaviest of the beetles. Dung beetles live in many different habitats, including desert, farmland, forest, and grasslands. They do not like extremely cold or dry weather. They occur on all continents except Antarctica.
The majority of the dung beetle diet is dung. They will eat dung from a variety of animals as long as the animal is herbivorous. Dung beetles also feed on mushrooms, leaves, and decaying matter. Dung beetles do not need to eat anything else because the dung provides all the nutrients; they do not even need to drink water.
The dung beetle body consists of head, abdomen, and thorax. They have legs, located on the thorax, that are specialized for shoveling dung and rolling it along.
The dung beetle has complete metamorphosis. The female will lay an egg in a dung ball which will then be buried to protect it from erosion and predators. During the larval stage the dung beetle will feed on the dung surrounding it.

Other beetles (Euchirinae, Rutelidae, etc)

Amphimallon solsitialis
Amphimallon solsitialis
Anomala expansa
Anomala expansa
Cheirotonus formosanus
Cheirotonus formosanus
Dung beetle
Dung beetle
Dung beetle 2
Dung beetle 2
Plusiotis gloriosa
Plusiotis gloriosa  New!
Propomacrus bimucronatus
Propomacrus bimucronatus
Valgus hemipterus
Valgus hemipterus  New!

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