Tue, Jan 6, 2009 at 8:28 AM
Photographed in the Langeberg Range in South Africa in montane fynbos ecosystem. Photo is attached
Langeberg Range in South Africa
On a good day, we have time to post a few letters before work and possibly a few more after work. We seem to keep choosing your letters because you have such great subject lines. Thanks for enlightening our readership on the appearance of a South African Dung Beetle.
Uh oh, I’m not sure how to interpret this but it sounds like you’re mad
at me and saying – gee, it’s a dung beetle. Maybe (hopefully) I’m
misreading your response. I didn’t mean to offend by submitting a number
of items at once. I’m a nature photographer and I always try to write
accurate and specific IDs for the species I photograph. There are a
number if very similar looking dung bettles here and I couldn’t figure
out what it was. Sorry if I goofed somehow. I do appreciate the help
My my no Brett. You have misread the intent in the short response.
Seriously, when choosing letters, welook at interesting subject lines
since we can’t read them all. Your letters have had such interesting
subject lines that wechose many of them to read and post. As you may realize, South Africa does not have many insect sources available on the
internet, so we are unable to identify the exact species. Please don’t
get the wrong impression. Wecould add general information on
the posting about Dung Beetles. Your submissions have been perfect with only one image per email. You would be surprised at the number of requests we receive that just say identify our bugs with 10 different images attached.
Have a wonderful day.
Great, I get stressed out when I think people are mad at me. I do
really appreciate the help. I’ll post a gallery for you sometime of all
of the very strange insects I’ve photographed in tropical rainforests
(all are ID’ed already). I’ve got a lot of stuff that you guys would
probably find very interesting. I’ve done a lot of shooting in Costa
Rica and some in the Peruvian Amazon. I did the official photo book on
the Monteverde Cloud Forest Preserve in Costa Rica, where I think they
estimate they have 25,000 insects. I have some crazy stuff from there.
I’m in South Africa now photographing baboons.