Subject: Big heavy afghan beetle
Location: Central Northern Afghanistan
June 1, 2017 7:18 pm
Having trouble identifying this big guy. Found in northern Afghanistan (Mazar-i-Sharif) Little larger than the size of a quarter. Slow, clunky walking pattern. Can easily flip himself back upright from being on his back. After being stuck in a box would not open his shell to fly so possibly ground beetle.
This is a Dung Beetle, and though we have not had any luck identifying your Afghan individual, we can tell you that Dung Beetles are found in many parts of the world. Dung Beetles locate fresh animal droppings and shape it into a ball, rolling it along the ground until they locate a suitable burrow. Dung Beetles lay eggs upon the fresh dung which serves as food for the developing larva. Dung Beetles are the inspiration for Egyptian Scarab Beetles that adorn jewelry and hieroglyphics, and they were alleged to move the sun across the sky. See Egypt About for more information. We are post-dating your submission to go live to our site later in the month while our editorial staff is on holiday.