Wednesday, March 12, 2008

It's a DUNG BEETLE!

Congrats to all those who guessed correctly! As far as the drawing, I accepted scarab beetle, beetle, or any other kind of beetle, as a correct answer (you can now see the comments on the previous post).

The winner is... polkadotandpersian! One of my baby monsters will be on its way to you soon.

And now, for the rest of the beetle pictures! Many people guessed ant, but the antennae are the giveaway. Many beetles have lamellate antennae (the fringes at the end), while ants only have geniculate (kind of like an elbow) antennae. He does have a funny head, which some species are known to have.

His name is Danny, and he's for sale here!They are amazingly important little critters, along with the vast array of insects that act as the clean up crew of the world. Bacteria and microbes do most of the work of turning organic matter back into basic materials, but the insects are needed to break things down into manageable bits, or to bury them in the earth. Dung beetles eat dung, or roll it up into balls to bury in the soil. These serve as either stored food sources, or as brooding chambers for their young.

8 comments:

Ultratrixie :: Sweetwolf.etsy.com said...

yay! he is cute! i thought it was a scarab beetle. but i prefer the name dung beetle for him, cause that's his job.
=)

Caroline said...

Well at least I guessed correctly (and I didn't even look at the file name! ;))

Congrats polkadot!

Cicada Studio said...

i first thought stag beetle, but knew I was wrong. at least I got the "beetle" part right.

*DaniCalifornia* said...

He's so cool!

I learn so much in your blog! lol

Beetlegirl said...

Tag...you're it!
http://beetlegirl.typepad.com/beetlegirl_design/2008/03/tagim-it.html

Gail said...

Woo Hoo! I won! Yay!

And learned a little too. I love that you've done plushie dung to go with! (That is what it is isn't it?!)

Thanks
Gail

Heather Buchanan said...

And what a cute dung beetle Danny is.

RainbowMom said...

Oh he's soo cute!! :D Congrats to polkadot! Yay!