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Dung beetle - Onthophagus taurus - female

Dung beetle - Onthophagus taurus - Female
Hamilton County, Indiana, USA
July 21, 2002
Size: ~ 9 mm
This gal flew into my mouth while I was driving. Yum!

Hey, that's supposed to scare you off. I was reading "An Inordinant Fondness for Beetles" today, and it mentioned dung beetle larvae waving the stuff about when being attacked by predators. Looks like the adults take more direct action!

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