Just had to share this bright shiny bug my dog, Blue, pointed out a few days ago.
Blue touched her nose to this critter and then walked away snorting.
After one sniff, this is as close as she would get. Must have one of those odoriferous defense systems.
Didn’t take much searching to find out it’s a variety of Dung Beetle.
Most of the pictures I found showed black beetles so I kept looking until I found the Rainbow Scarab, which suits this gal.
This 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.
This would make an amazing mask for Halloween. Check out those little orange pom-pon antennae. Cute, huh?
She looks kind of like a dinosaur. Maybe a triceratops? At least a triceratops head without the horns.
Wanna 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.
Dung 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.
I 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.
So NOW, can we play?