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Flightless Dung Beetle

Flightless Dung Beetle
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Copyright: Rute Martins (LeoM) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 59 W: 0 N: 61] (304)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2009-04-23
Categories: Nature
Camera: Canon EOS400D, Canon EF100-400 F4-5.6 L IS USM
Exposure: f/7.1, 1/100 seconds
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Theme(s): Leo's Website [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2009-05-11 10:42
Viewed: 2219
Points: 6
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The Addo Flightless Dung Beetle adults gather African Elephant dung for feeding and Cape Buffalo dung for feeding and breeding. These remarkable insects then shape the dung into large round balls, which are then rolled away to be buried. The dung beetles only have one nesting sequence a year and in this time period they produce only one young beetle. Their conservation status is vulnerable as they depend on 2 large herbivores for survival: Elephant and Buffalo.

The Addo Flightless Dung Beetle only occurs in the Eastern Cape Province in a small patch, however it is fairly common within it's range. This terrestrial invertebrate occurs in habitats such as... Fish River scrub and Spekboomveld. They often congregate in 100's in the Addo Elephant National Park, this is the best place to see these special beetles.

Resource: http://www.south-african-game-reserves.com/addobeetle.htm

Day was overcast so lighting was a bit of a problem

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Hi Rute,
Very interesting macro!
Marvellous sharpness, details and DOF.


This is a very interesting photo! I used to play a video game on my Macintosh back in the 80's called Dung Beetles. I always knew what a dung beetle was but never have seen one in action.

I made some changes to it in a workshop; hope you like it.


Hi Rute
These little guys are very busy workers, rolling their prize over hill and dale.
I like your shot, well captured. After reading your comment to MP about the blue beetle I thought I'd try a workshop too.

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