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Copyright: Vishal Sabharwal (shal) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 256 W: 64 N: 481] (2140)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-11
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon D200, Nikkor 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5 D, UV Filter
Exposure: f/8, 1/250 seconds
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-13 16:38
Viewed: 4082
Points: 22
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Dung beetles refer to those beetles which feed partly or exclusively on feces. Most of these species belong 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 5,050 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.


The size of a dung beetle varies from species to species. The "dwellers" are usually small and elongate. Dung beetles are basically black or brown in colour; some are of metallic lustre, especially the tropical species. Most dung beetles have a flattened, but stout body. The male of some species has horns at the head or thorax. Some dung beetles, other than the "dwellers", have strong, often "toothed" legs specialised for rolling dung and burrowing. The tarsi at the forelegs of an old dung beetle are usually damaged or lost owing to the labor of burrowing - some species do not have tarsi at the forelegs at all. The desert species also have hair on the legs which facilitates their movement on sand. Dung beetles have soft mouthparts suited to their diet.

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  • nglen Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2883 W: 30 N: 9683] (36145)
  • [2007-05-13 16:41]

Hi Vishal. A very good macro shot. very good detail and sharp focus. bright colours and A nice compostion and POV. well done TFS. nick..

Hello Vishal
Excellent shot of this wonderful Dung Beetle,
Great BG and lighting,
Fantastic sourronding and colors,
Superb shot,friend.

Good Luck

Hi Vishal,
Very beautiful picture..!
Good capture and very pretty colours of the background..!
Very nice composition..!

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  • trinko Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 587 W: 78 N: 322] (4321)
  • [2007-05-13 17:18]

nice setting and color. good focus. but what is a dung beetle doing on a flower?

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  • Juyona Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 2232 W: 10 N: 2971] (16891)
  • [2007-05-13 18:14]

Hola amigo,
magnifica foto y perfectos pov. y colores...
buen trabajo,
saludos Vishal

Bonjour Vishal
Félicitation pour cette très jolie prise de vue . C'est vraiment un bel insecte et les couleurs sont justes.
Félicitations pour la netteté et les détails ainsi que cette belle fleur comme prime.

Merci pour l'envoie et Bravo....JP

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  • GLEM Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 540 W: 87 N: 750] (10)
  • [2007-05-14 4:07]

hi Vishal
i can't resist at this beautiful and colorness macro shot, really a very nice result. Extra details and light.
well done


Hello Vishal,
Good macro shot. Dung beetles on flowers! That's a good capture. I liked the colors and composition. tFS,

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  • iris Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 479 W: 60 N: 970] (3088)
  • [2007-05-14 9:02]

Dung feeding he might be, but u have presnted him in the best of the environments, vishal. Super shot, with super colours and good details of the dung beetle.The wya it is hanging on to that petal is remarkable.
TFS & Cheers

Excellent shot! Nice colours and good POV

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  • dkeith (0)
  • [2010-07-10 12:07]

excellent shot!

it's Pseudosinghala transversa!

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