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Nursing Dung Beetle

October 20th, 2009, posted in Creatures Great & Small

The Nursing Dung Beetle (Copris mesacanthus) has a 17mm body. It has a long rhino-type horn which is why some people confuse it with the Rhinoceros Dung Beetle. The adults fashion soil-coated brood balls from dung.  These are taken down burrows below or beside fresh dung pads.  Some dung is retained as food.

The Male Nursing Beetle

The Male Nursing Beetle

The Name was given to this species of Dung Beetle because the female stays in the nest with its progeny until they are big enough to collect their own dung!

Late afternoon sighting of a male Nursing dung beetle

Late afternoon sighting of a male Nursing dung beetle

Just look at the size!

Just look at the size!

Crab Pincers

October 15th, 2009, posted in Creatures Great & Small

It was a relaxed short walk down to the waterfall, there is something calming about the sound of running water, Joshua leapt from rock to rock and then found a crevice in which to wedge himself, climbed under a rock and then excitedly pointed to parts of a crab’s exoskeleton. The sun bleached ‘claw’, appendages and pincer had captured his attention and for the next hour Joshua began asking questions about crabs. To which I had to rack my memory to find him answers!! Are crabs white? How many legs do crabs have? What do crabs eat? Where do crabs live? How big are crabs? What can pincers do to people? etc etc.

Joshua holds the crab pincer to show the world!

Joshua holds the crab pincer to show the world!

Joshua points to the little crab leg

Joshua points to the little crab leg

Python dies

July 13th, 2009, posted in Creatures Great & Small

Ranger out in the field came across this 7m pyhton, sadly it was dead.

toktokkies

July 13th, 2009, posted in Creatures Great & Small

Toktokkies are Joshua’s favourite insect.  Whether it’s the way they; tap tap tap to find a mate, or their shiny black exoskeleton and white legs, we are still not sure, but these beetles fascinate Joshua and keeps him busy for minutes (he’s a very active boy and concentrating for more than 30 minutes at any give time is a major feat!).

 
 
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