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Good morning....
Wow a plethora of awards yesterday....10 of them, I was totally blown away. Also thank you so much for all your votes and comments as well.
I received awards from the following Users...Ddolfelin, Lynniesefforts, Ugly, HarrietH, Leslia,Lillian, EMJAYCEE, JuBarney,EileenH and ChristineD....you all made my day, thank youGrinGrinGrin

A critter for CarolG today....
The dung beetle...Without dung beetles, the earth would be piled high with manure.Blush
There are about 7,000 species worldwide. Dung beetles range from less than 1mm to a giant 6cm.

Dung beetles occur on every continent except Antartica. Some species have a particular preference for one type of dung only. Most prefer herbivore dung. the little guys i am showing like elephant dung.
The female lays a single egg into each ball of dung and then covers the nest with more dung and then soil. When the eggs hatch, the larvae will feed on the dung.
Dung beetles are divided into 3 groups...The rollers, the Tunnellers and the Dwellers....
They can live upto 6 years.
Have a nice day....its a hard 5 days for me, a mini war in our household...Australia play South Africa in a Cricket test match in Pretoria today. My husband hates losing to SA more than England....GrinGrinGrin

Brand:Sony
Camera:Sony NEX-3
Recording media:JPEG (digital)
Date Taken:1 Apr 2012 - 6:11 PM
Focal Length:123mm
Lens Max Aperture:f/5.6
Aperture:f/6.3
Shutter Speed:1/250sec
Exposure Comp:0.0
ISO:200
Exposure Mode:Program AE
Metering Mode:Multi-segment
Flash:Auto, Did not fire
White Balance:Auto
Title:The roller Dung beetle
Username:ColleenA ColleenA
Uploaded:12 Feb 2014 - 4:48 AM
Tags:Wildlife / nature
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nonur
nonur e2 Member 5nonur vcard Turkey8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 5:04 AM

The sacred bugs of ancient Egypt. Great info and shots, Colleen. Thank you for the lovely comment!

ddolfelin
ddolfelin e2 Member 234 forum postsddolfelin vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 5:08 AM

Wonderful pictures, Colleen!
Powerful little things - and determined.

gwynn56
gwynn56  274 forum posts England
12 Feb 2014 - 5:25 AM

need a few sending to houses of paliment as it full of manure Wink

Lynniesefforts
Lynniesefforts e2 Member 3Lynniesefforts vcard Australia
12 Feb 2014 - 5:33 AM

Interesting little creatures. Great write up. Terrific images Colleen.

Lynette Grin

CarolG
CarolG e2 Member 7134 forum postsCarolG vcard Greece18 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 6:30 AM

What a clever fella, Colleen, I think he should join my insect circus Smile Carol

LynneJoyce
LynneJoyce e2 Member 6LynneJoyce vcard United Kingdom98 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 6:32 AM

What fascinating facts about these critters, and two lovely images too.

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2201 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 6:35 AM


Quote: What a clever fella, Colleen, I think he should join my insect circus Smile Carol

I thought you would be impressed with his skillsGrin

Andysnapper
Andysnapper e2 Member 6105 forum postsAndysnapper vcard England18 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 6:38 AM

Sometimes in my job I feel like I'm pushing dung uphill GrinGrinGrin

A great shot Colleen and what a contrast to the last few days with all those big, magnificent beasts and now a small yet very significant little creature who actually helps to keep the World clean. Perfect.

Andy

HarrietH
HarrietH e2 Member 4265 forum postsHarrietH vcard Portugal
12 Feb 2014 - 6:40 AM

Amazing little creatures.
They do a job that many bugs would shy at. GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Harriet

Caziwinkles
12 Feb 2014 - 7:07 AM

Cracking images Colleen - not a job I envy them of - reminds me of my time in school working with the youngest children! Wink

Carol

Nikonuser1
Nikonuser1 e2 Member 2Nikonuser1 vcard United Kingdom9 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 7:17 AM

A great write up again Colleen on these interesting critters, 2 super imagesSmile


Cliff

SUE118
SUE118 e2 Member 6SUE118 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 7:28 AM

These guys are amazing and wonderful to watch, a super capture.

Badgerfred
Badgerfred e2 Member 7Badgerfred vcard Wales
12 Feb 2014 - 8:12 AM

Super images Colleen,
Fred.

viscostatic
12 Feb 2014 - 8:37 AM

Great close-ups Colleen and interesting information too.

Phil.

Mollycat
Mollycat e2 Member 1Mollycat vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 8:38 AM

Superb pictures to go with your interesting information Colleen.
Peter GrinGrinGrin

DicksPics
DicksPics e2 Member 3DicksPics vcard United Kingdom8 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 9:16 AM

Two fascinating images and such an interesting write up, Colleen.
Congratulations on all of your awards, yesterday!Smile
Richard

marshfam19
marshfam19 e2 Member 5marshfam19 vcard United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 - 9:19 AM

As much as I hate bugs of any kind this is a really great pair of images.

Mary Grin

ali63
ali63 e2 Member 2481 forum postsali63 vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 9:24 AM

Brilliant images Colleen, it's incredible the size of the dung ball that they can push,

Ali SmileSmile

brandish
brandish e2 Member brandish vcard United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 - 9:27 AM

You have done it again,great and unusual,i love it.

Mike_Young
12 Feb 2014 - 9:38 AM

Excellent capture of these, natures refuse collectors, could do with several hundred of these on my allotment to bury my manure Grin Congrats on your well deserved awards yesterday Colleen Smile

pentaxpatty
pentaxpatty e2 Member 1pentaxpatty vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 9:51 AM

Oh I love these Colleen, they are such amazing creatures. wonderful close up of them V1 for me have a good day GrinGrin

Patty

Brian65
Brian65 e2 Member 5Brian65 vcard United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 - 9:56 AM

So small but so strong, great images Calleen.
Brian

Lillian
Lillian e2 Member 5Lillian vcard United Kingdom16 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 10:03 AM

Very different from you
and very well spotted and V1 is a brilliant 'at work' image
Lillian
good luck todayWink

termite53
termite53 e2 Member 1termite53 vcard United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 - 10:23 AM

Amazing creatures, well spotted Colleen..........I'd just hide under the sofa for the next few days........

kathrynlouise
kathrynlouise e2 Member 3368 forum postskathrynlouise vcard United Kingdom1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 10:46 AM

Firstly well done on all your awards yesterday, so well deserved.
Wonderful captures today and write up accompanying them GrinGrin

Kathryn

rontear
rontear e2 Member 11rontear vcard England4 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 11:07 AM

Incredible insects !! Colleen.
Ron

gss
gss  Romania1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 11:14 AM

I wonder how big they are. We have some similar here, they have 3-4 cm
Great set of close-ups!
Silviu

kuvailija
kuvailija e2 Member 3kuvailija vcard Finland
12 Feb 2014 - 11:19 AM

I have heard about this ,but never seen it untill now ! - These were taken with your old (est?) camera ,very good though!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2201 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 11:20 AM


Quote: I wonder how big they are. We have some similar here, they have 3-4 cm
Great set of close-ups!
Silviu

They are about an inch in length Silviu, I had to lean over the side of the open game vehicle to capture this as not allowed to get out of the vehicle as there are lions etc around

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2201 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 11:23 AM


Quote: I have heard about this ,but never seen it untill now ! - These were taken with your old (est?) camera ,very good though!GrinGrinGrinGrinGrinGrin --- Jukka.Smile

Yes Jukka, started off with a point and shoot Kodak, then because we were going to the game farm often I bought this Sony...then bought a Nikon Coolpix but soon decided I needed a DSLR so bought the D5100 and now the D5300.... An expensive route to go, should have bought a Nikon in the first place but didn't realize I would enjoy photography so much.

Irishkate
Irishkate e2 Member 4Irishkate vcard United Kingdom73 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 11:49 AM

Excellent images of this intriguing creature.
Sounds pretty useful too.
Kate GrinGrinGrin

digital_boi
12 Feb 2014 - 11:50 AM

two good ones again Colleen the awards yesterday were all well deserved, hope the wars have calmed down to a riot

Graham

Mike_Smith
12 Feb 2014 - 12:38 PM

Two great shots Colleen, it seems the Beetles do an important job then. All part of the food chain

JuBarney
JuBarney e2 Member 3JuBarney vcard United Kingdom2 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 1:00 PM

Good action shots
Congrats. on yesterday's awards.
Ju

prabhusinha
prabhusinha e2 Member 6prabhusinha vcard India3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 1:18 PM

A great worker

NDODS
NDODS e2 Member 43436 forum postsNDODS vcard United Kingdom103 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 1:35 PM

From one end of the food chain to the other...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin

doverpic
doverpic e2 Member 2doverpic vcard United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 - 2:00 PM

Fantastic image, I suppose it keeps them busy.SmileSmile

mikbee
mikbee e2 Member 7mikbee vcard Scotland7 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 2:11 PM

A dirty job Colleen,
but someone has to do it !!
Good shots.
Mick.

WhiteRose1
WhiteRose1 e2 Member 41066 forum postsWhiteRose1 vcard England136 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 3:41 PM

Lots of amusing comments but I'm all for it, needs lots of manure on my allotment. Australia shading it on day1, separate beds tonight?? TongueGrinGrin

Dave

ChristineD
ChristineD e2 Member 8ChristineD vcard England
12 Feb 2014 - 3:42 PM

Interesting little insects, great to watch

Fred263
Fred263 e2 Member 2Fred263 vcard United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 - 3:49 PM

Great macro image, Colleen. Fascinating narrative. Congrats on your well deserved UAs.

Fred

ColleenA
ColleenA e2 Member 2201 forum postsColleenA vcard Australia3 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 3:52 PM


Quote: Lots of amusing comments but I'm all for it, needs lots of manure on my allotment. Australia shading it on day1, separate beds tonight?? TongueGrinGrin
Dave

Not only separate beds, he is not getting dinner either...he is dancing around the loungeSad

SlowSong
SlowSong e2 Member 64538 forum postsSlowSong vcard England29 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 4:55 PM

Terrific shots.
But the dung looks suspiciously like the fat balls I feed to the birds. Grin

EileenH
EileenH  1 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 - 5:03 PM

Two great images Smile

Eileen

GeorgePlatis
GeorgePlatis e2 Member 1GeorgePlatis vcard Greece1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 5:51 PM

Wonderful macro images, Colleen!
Regards,
George

williamsloan
williamsloan e2 Member 3williamsloan vcard Northern Ireland1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 6:46 PM

a super image well done.

billy

Nigeve1
Nigeve1 e2 Member 1806 forum postsNigeve1 vcard United Kingdom89 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 7:46 PM

Great images of this remarkable creature.
Nigel

ubaruch
ubaruch e2 Member 1ubaruch vcard Israel
12 Feb 2014 - 7:58 PM

Excellent capture !

lesliea
lesliea e2 Member 5lesliea vcard Australia
12 Feb 2014 - 8:21 PM

Very nice images Colleen well captured.
Allen, Smile

Holmewood
Holmewood e2 Member 2Holmewood vcard United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 - 8:30 PM

Brilliant shots Colleen. Love these beetles. Cathy

netta1234
netta1234 e2 Member 2198 forum postsnetta1234 vcard Wales1 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 8:31 PM

Brilliant imagesSmile
NettaSmile

leontari
leontari e2 Member 2leontari vcard Greece
12 Feb 2014 - 9:45 PM

Two brilliant macro images Colleen. Great narrative as well.
Effrossini

Trev_B
Trev_B e2 Member 7110 forum postsTrev_B vcard England64 Constructive Critique Points
12 Feb 2014 - 10:07 PM

It's a S**t job but someone has to do itWink

Well done Colleen two great shots.

Trev

taggart
taggart e2 Member 1042 forum poststaggart vcard United States12 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 12:45 AM

Clever little critters!

781969
781969  1 India
13 Feb 2014 - 3:07 AM

you really see the different with your eyes,lovely.

1nikongirl
1nikongirl e2 Member 31nikongirl vcard Canada
13 Feb 2014 - 3:31 AM

great info on a great macro image
Brenda

handlerstudio
handlerstudio e2 Member 2handlerstudio vcard United States6 Constructive Critique Points
13 Feb 2014 - 5:01 AM

They are fascinating animals. I suspect there herbivore dung is mush more appetizing than carnivore dung (what a thing to think about----whose poop smells better?)

Great image, Colleen.

We are in the beginning of a new winter storm. You should come north in the winter sometime, Colleen, and get to experience first hand the joys of winter (I am not being ironic).

Peter

Chinga
Chinga e2 Member 3Chinga vcard United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 - 5:13 AM

Can I have a few for my garden? My cats tend to poo between the flower beds... I am sure those fascinating little creatures could sort out the problem... GrinGrinGrin
Fantastic captures and a very informative write up Coleen!
IB

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