Saturday, January 19, 2013

The Rainbow Scarab - Phanaeus Vindex

Here are some pictures of a female Phanaeus vindex, the rainbow scarab. These are very common dung beetles here in Florida. In Olivia Brophie and the Pearl of Tagelus, Olivia disturbs a large group of these beetles and they all take flight, surrounding her with iridescent colors.

 
 
Notice the individual grains of pollen on the ground
 
 
 
I had never noticed the fringe of hair on their scapulate nose before

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