All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Dung Beetle; 
Tumblebug</strong> 
<em>Canthon</em> spp.
Oak Ridge, TN
June 16, 2008
While hiking at Haw Ridge I saw a small pile of animal scat on the trail and several flies. Suddenly I noticed the scat moved! When I looked more closely I...
Dung Beetle;
Tumblebug

Canthon spp.
Oak Ridge, TN
June 16, 2008
While hiking at Haw Ridge I saw a small pile of animal scat on the trail and several flies. Suddenly I noticed the scat moved! When I looked more closely I could see three small black beetles under the scat balls. They had to compete with the flies. Notice the flat, shovel-shaped area near the mouth which, along with its flattened front legs, the beetle uses to roll the dung balls. These beetles use animal dung as a nursery and a food source for their larvae. Yum, nothing like poop for baby food! :)

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