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The size of a dung beetle varies from species to species. The "dwellers" are usually small and elongate. Dung beetles are basically black, brown or purplish yellow in color; some are of metallic luster, especially the tropical species. Most dung beetles have a flattened, but stout body. The male of some species has horns at the head or thorax. Some dung beetles, other than the "dwellers", have strong, often "toothed" legs specialised for rolling dung and burrowing. The tarsi at the forelegs of an old dung beetle are usually damaged or lost owing to the labor of burrowing - some species do not have tarsi at the forelegs at all. The desert species also have hair on the legs which facilitates their movement on sand. Dung beetles have soft mouthparts suited to their diet.

Location Mtae, Ushoto, East Africa, Tanzania, Africa
Info F 5.6 1/320 ISO 200 with Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi
Itinerary . feeling: neutral, slighly upbeat
Country Tanzania State East Africa
City Mtae, Ushoto Continent Africa
Day Usambara Activity walk
Feeling neutral User Comment
Date 2007:10:18 10:44:31 Make Canon
Model Canon EOS DIGITAL REBEL XTi Width 1781
Height 1336 Flash Off, Did not fire
Focal 85.0 mm Exposure 1/320
F Number 5.6 ISO 200
White Bal. Auto Program Aperture-priority AE
Compensation 0 Hyperfocal 69.49 m
Latitude -4.8047 Longitude 38.2801277777778
Altitude 1391.813953 m File Size 1873 kB
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