Dung Beetle from Namibia

Subject: Coleoptera in Namibia
Location: Namibia
February 1, 2015 4:11 am
This insect was in the namib desert in Namibia :
Thanks for your research !
Signature: A traveler

Dung Beetle
Dung Beetle

Dear A traveler,
This is a Dung Beetle, and it resembles this image of
Pachysoma rodriguesi that is pictured on FlickR, but we cannot say for certain if the species is correct.  Because of the large numbers of large, grazing herd animals in Africa, there are many Dung Beetles which gather fresh dung into a ball that is rolled across the terrain until the Dung Beetle finds an appropriate place to dig a nest.  An egg is laid on the Dung Ball and the dung provides food for the developing larva.  Dung Beetles are the inspiration for the Egyptian Scarab Beetles that are often pictured with orbs signifying the sun. 

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