Saturday, 19 March 2011

Minotaur Beetle (Typhaeus typhoeus)

The Minotaur Beetle (Typhaeus typhoeus) is a spectacular dung beetle of heaths, moorlands and mountains, this male shot in an area of managed heath in North Norfolk. The males use the long prongs on the thorax to compete for mates. Their principal food source is rabbit droppings. How I wish I'd had a macro lens with me at the time, this image failing to capture the beetle's impressive armour.

Canon 1Ds MkII, 1,1,000 sec, f/3.5, 70mm at ISO 640

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