The Rainbow Scarab

Just had to share this bright shiny bug my dog, Blue, pointed out a few days ago.

A Rainbow Scarab at Cottonmouth CreekBlue touched her nose to this critter and then walked away snorting.

A Rainbow Scarab at Cottonmouth CreekAfter one sniff, this is as close as she would get. Must have one of those odoriferous defense systems.

A Rainbow Scarab at Cottonmouth CreekDidn’t take much searching to find out it’s a variety of Dung Beetle.

Phanaeus vindex.

A Rainbow Scarab at Cottonmouth CreekMost of the pictures I found showed black beetles so I kept looking until I found the Rainbow Scarab, which suits this gal.

A Rainbow Scarab at Cottonmouth CreekThis beetle was about an inch long and when I bothered her she rolled up and looked exactly—or almost exactly—at least she was shaped exactly—like a VW bug. The original shape from the 60s.

The Rainbow Scarab at Cottonmouth CreekThis would make an amazing mask for Halloween. Check out those little orange pom-pon antennae. Cute, huh?

The Rainbow Scarab at Cottonmouth CreekShe looks kind of like a dinosaur. Maybe a triceratops? At least a triceratops head without the horns.

A Rainbow Scarab at Cottonmouth CreekWanna know how I know it’s a girl? That handy-dandy website I found shows a picture of two Rainbow Scarabs and the male has a horn. (See. A Triceratops.) So this is a single lady.

According to the same website, these are beneficial bugs. For obvious reasons, considering their name.

A Rainbow Scarab at Cottonmouth CreekDung Beetle? Get it?

She eats dung. Which is a good thing because if they reduce the  poop in an agricultural field, that will reduce the number of flies in same field. And flies spread disease.

So, beetles good, flies bad. Dung, yummm! At least if you’re a dung beetle.

Don’t believe me? Check out that website.

A Rainbow Scarab at Cottonmouth CreekI could see little barbs on all six of her legs, and when she got to this soft dirt she used them to churn up the dirt which made it easier to burrow.

My Dog Blue, at Cottonmouth CreekSo NOW, can we play?

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