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canada goose coats on sale Comment number 1. At 20:04 25th Mar 2011, rimo wrote: The dung beetle pictured is a Minotaur beetle male (females don’t have the horns), and far from ’emerging soon’, their season is nearly over January is the best time to see them as they feast on rabbit droppings. At 11:19 28th Mar canada goose 2011, Sam Unsprung Researcher wrote: Hi Rimo,
Thanks for your comment.
You’re spot on with the ID! We’ve clarified that the dung beetle shown is a minotaur beetle. They are fantastic beetles so we thought it best to pick a picture to Canada Goose Outlet really show off these wonderful creatures!
Our entomologist friends tell us that minotaur beetles have two annual periods of activity in the spring and the autumn and that although they are about in the winter months, they should be visible right through to May. They go for rabbit droppings as you say and also sheep dung. A few things have been a little early this year with the warm weather so perhaps those in your area have gone a bit quiet!
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Comment number 4. At 20:14 28th Mar 2011, rimo wrote: They should definitely still be about just tailing off a little! I had a couple come to light last April and they’re spectacular beasts, well worth watching they’re the only British species which actually rolls the dungballs around, before digging a tunnel nearly 2m deep and laying their eggs in the dung at the bottom of it.
The other spectacular group of beetles https://www.canadagooseoutletcoats.com which can be regularly seen are the Sexton beetles despite their terrible smell and corpse o philic behaviour, they’re one of the very few insect groups to show parental care of the offspring, and their burying behaviour is pretty awesome as well!
Canada Goose online I agree, incidentally if Meloe and Coccinella are getting confused there’s something odd going on! Also, your last photo should probably be ‘a violet ground beetle’ as there’s 2 species under that common name, Carabus violaceous and C. problematicus this is C. problematicus as it has longitudinal structuring to the ridges on the elytra and very upturned edges to the Canada Goose online pronotum.