Dung beetles

Dung beetles

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Caption: Dung beetles use dung to feed their larvae. This dung beetle (subfamily Coprinae) moulds and shapes the dung (faeces) into a ball and rolls it to a suitable place. It will deposit its eggs in the dung ball and dig into the ground, burying it up to a metre deep. This provides a food source for the developing larvae when they hatch and also plays an important role in faecal decomposition.

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Keywords: animal, ball, beetles, brood, coleoptera, coprinae, dung, excrement, faeces, food, insect, insecta, invertebrate, invertebrates, moving, nature, reproduction, rolling, scavenger, scavenging, wildlife, zoology

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