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Insect: Dung beetles

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Re: Insect: Dung beetles

Unread postby Crested Val » Thu May 17, 2012 3:09 pm

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green dung beetle

Unread postby arks » Thu Jul 19, 2012 7:02 pm

All the dung beetles that I've seen have been black, so I was most intrigued by this irridencent green one. Can anyone tell me why it's green? Is it s different species? Or .... :hmz:

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Re: green dung beetle

Unread postby Dotty » Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:12 pm

There is some information here
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Re: green dung beetle

Unread postby picnic » Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:14 pm

Don't know Arks. :hmz:

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Re: green dung beetle

Unread postby Imberbe » Thu Jul 19, 2012 8:16 pm

It is probably the Small green dung beetle (Gymnopleurus humanus) or the Green dung beetle (Garreta nitens).
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Re: green dung beetle

Unread postby arks » Thu Jul 19, 2012 10:11 pm

Thanks, Imberbe :thumbs_up: I found a bit more information here, now understanding why my pix are all a bit out of focus — danged beetle never stopped moving! :roll:
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