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The roller Dung beetle

By ColleenA
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

Tags: Wildlife and nature

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Comments


nonur Plus
7 15 9 Turkey
12 Feb 2014 5:04AM
The sacred bugs of ancient Egypt. Great info and shots, Colleen. Thank you for the lovely comment!

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12 Feb 2014 5:08AM
Wonderful pictures, Colleen!
Powerful little things - and determined.
gwynn56 4 87 England
12 Feb 2014 5:25AM
need a few sending to houses of paliment as it full of manure Wink
Interesting little creatures. Great write up. Terrific images Colleen.

Lynette Grin
CarolG Plus
9 192 18 Greece
12 Feb 2014 6:30AM
What a clever fella, Colleen, I think he should join my insect circus Smile Carol
LynneJoyce Plus
7 20 99 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 6:32AM
What fascinating facts about these critters, and two lovely images too.
ColleenA Plus
3 315 3 Australia
12 Feb 2014 6:35AM

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 7 109 25 England
12 Feb 2014 6:38AM
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
12 Feb 2014 6:40AM
Amazing little creatures.
They do a job that many bugs would shy at. GrinGrinGrinGrinGrin

Harriet
Caziwinkles 3 3 1 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 7:07AM
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 Plus
3 17 10 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 7:17AM
A great write up again Colleen on these interesting critters, 2 super imagesSmile


Cliff
SUE118 Plus
7 8 1 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 7:28AM
These guys are amazing and wonderful to watch, a super capture.
12 Feb 2014 8:12AM
Super images Colleen,
Fred.
viscostatic 9 33 5 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 8:37AM
Great close-ups Colleen and interesting information too.

Phil.
Mollycat Plus
2 11 2 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 8:38AM
Superb pictures to go with your interesting information Colleen.
Peter GrinGrinGrin
12 Feb 2014 9:16AM
Two fascinating images and such an interesting write up, Colleen.
Congratulations on all of your awards, yesterday!Smile
Richard
As much as I hate bugs of any kind this is a really great pair of images.

Mary Grin
ali63 Plus
4 733 1 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 9:24AM
Brilliant images Colleen, it's incredible the size of the dung ball that they can push,

Ali SmileSmile
You have done it again,great and unusual,i love it.
12 Feb 2014 9:38AM
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
12 Feb 2014 9:51AM
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 6 2 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 9:56AM
So small but so strong, great images Calleen.
Brian
Lillian Plus
6 21 16 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 10:03AM
Very different from you
and very well spotted and V1 is a brilliant 'at work' image
Lillian
good luck todayWink
termite53 2 8 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 10:23AM
Amazing creatures, well spotted Colleen..........I'd just hide under the sofa for the next few days........
12 Feb 2014 10:46AM
Firstly well done on all your awards yesterday, so well deserved.
Wonderful captures today and write up accompanying them GrinGrin

Kathryn
rontear Plus
12 8 7 England
12 Feb 2014 11:07AM
Incredible insects !! Colleen.
Ron
gss 2 1 Romania
12 Feb 2014 11:14AM
I wonder how big they are. We have some similar here, they have 3-4 cm
Great set of close-ups!
Silviu
12 Feb 2014 11:19AM
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 Plus
3 315 3 Australia
12 Feb 2014 11:20AM

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 Plus
3 315 3 Australia
12 Feb 2014 11:23AM

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 Plus
5 33 92 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 11:49AM
Excellent images of this intriguing creature.
Sounds pretty useful too.
Kate GrinGrinGrin
12 Feb 2014 11:50AM
two good ones again Colleen the awards yesterday were all well deserved, hope the wars have calmed down to a riot

Graham
Mike_Smith Plus
8 270 1 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 12:38PM
Two great shots Colleen, it seems the Beetles do an important job then. All part of the food chain
JuBarney Plus
4 10 3 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 1:00PM
Good action shots
Congrats. on yesterday's awards.
Ju
12 Feb 2014 1:18PM
A great worker
NDODS Plus
5 4.9k 125 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 1:35PM
From one end of the food chain to the other...

Regards Nathan GrinGrinGrin
12 Feb 2014 2:00PM
Fantastic image, I suppose it keeps them busy.SmileSmile
mikbee 8 3 8 Scotland
12 Feb 2014 2:11PM
A dirty job Colleen,
but someone has to do it !!
Good shots.
Mick.
WhiteRose1 Plus
6 1.5k 148 England
12 Feb 2014 3:41PM
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
12 Feb 2014 3:42PM
Interesting little insects, great to watch
Great macro image, Colleen. Fascinating narrative. Congrats on your well deserved UAs.

Fred
ColleenA Plus
3 315 3 Australia
12 Feb 2014 3:52PM

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 Plus
7 5.8k 29 England
12 Feb 2014 4:55PM
Terrific shots.
But the dung looks suspiciously like the fat balls I feed to the birds. Grin
EileenH 2 1 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 5:03PM
Two great images Smile

Eileen
Wonderful macro images, Colleen!
Regards,
George
a super image well done.

billy
Nigeve1 Plus
2 1.4k 101 United Kingdom
12 Feb 2014 7:46PM
Great images of this remarkable creature.
Nigel
Excellent capture !
12 Feb 2014 8:21PM
Very nice images Colleen well captured.
Allen, Smile
12 Feb 2014 8:30PM
Brilliant shots Colleen. Love these beetles. Cathy
netta1234 Plus
3 292 2 Wales
12 Feb 2014 8:31PM
Brilliant imagesSmile
NettaSmile
Two brilliant macro images Colleen. Great narrative as well.
Effrossini
Trev_B Plus
9 146 68 England
12 Feb 2014 10:07PM
It's a S**t job but someone has to do itWink

Well done Colleen two great shots.

Trev
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
13 Feb 2014 12:45AM
Clever little critters!
Bantu Plus
2 6 1 India
13 Feb 2014 3:07AM
you really see the different with your eyes,lovely.
great info on a great macro image
Brenda
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 Plus
5 1 1 United Kingdom
13 Feb 2014 5:13AM
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!
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