Dung beetle

I have always wanted to see a dung beetle but had been unsuccessful until a couple of weeks ago, when like buses two appeared together.

They were both Minotaur Dung beetles (Typhaeus typhoeus).

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This species can be found on heaths, moorland and mountains and are usually associated with rabbit and sheep droppings.

This particular individual is a male because he has long, more pronounced prongs protruding on the thorax.

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These he will use to fight with other males to compete for females.

Dung beetles have been worshipped in some cultures and used in herbal medicines in others.

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