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Dung Beetle

Gymnopleurus gemmatus


Dung beetles belong to the superfamily Scarabaeoidea; most of them to the subfamilies Scarabaeinae (true dung beetles) and Aphodiinae (Small dung beetles) of the family Scarabaeidae (scarab beetles). These dung beetles, known as rollers, roll dung into round balls, which are used as a food source or breeding chambers. They feed partly or exclusively on feces (dung), and can can bury dung 250 times heavier than itself in one night. Others, known as tunnelers, bury the dung wherever they find it and the third group, dwellers, simply live in the manure.


Open field at the edge of the village...

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Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway a year ago

Great job !!

AshleyT a year ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

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Tamil Nadu, India

Spotted on Dec 9, 2018
Submitted on Dec 9, 2018

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