dung beetle, harmless animals

Dung beetles (also known as tumble bugs) are beetles which feed partly or exclusively on feces. All of these species belong to the superfamily Scarabaeoidea; most of them to the subfamilies Scarabaeinae and Aphodiinae of the family Scarabaeidae. As most species of Scarabaeinae feed exclusively on feces, that subfamily is often dubbed true dung beetles. There are dung-feeding beetles which belong to other families, such as the Geotrupidae (the earth-boring dung beetle). The Scarabaeinae alone comprises more than 5,000 species.

Many dung beetles, known as rollers, are noted for rolling dung into spherical balls, which are used as a food source or brooding chambers. Other dung beetles, known as tunnellers, bury the dung wherever they find it. A third group, the dwellers, neither roll nor burrow: they simply live in manure.

Direction Walk 32.91 km or 494 mins south east from last photo
Location Mtae, Ushoto, East Africa, Tanzania, Africa
Info F 5.6 1/500 ISO 250 with Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
Itinerary . feeling: neutral, slighly upbeat
Country Tanzania State East Africa
City Mtae, Ushoto Continent Africa
Day Usambara Activity walk
Feeling neutral Date 2007:10:18 10:45:42
Make Canon Model Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
Width 1768 Height 1326
Flash Off, Did not fire Focal 85.0 mm
Exposure 1/500 F Number 5.6
ISO 250 White Bal. Auto
Metering Multi-segment Program Not Defined
Compensation 0 Hyperfocal 69.49 m
Latitude -4.80483333333333 Longitude 38.28
Altitude 1399.492432 m File Size 379 kB
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