Aphodius Dung Beetle  (three photos)
Aphodius fimetarius

red dung beetle
These are really attractive dung beetles despite their craving for exotic foods.  When they fly they are heavy laden and when
 they land they have a tendency to crash on their little backs.  Maybe that's the safest way to land.
© Carol Davis, 11-3-2010

Aphodius fimetarius on its back
After struggling to right themselves, they eventually head on over to the buffalo "pile" and dive in head first. I had
to be quick to get pictures because they disappeared quickly.
  They looked so cute thrashing around in the gravel. 
I kind of found myself wanting to tickle their little bellies (yeah, right...)  © Carol Davis, 11-3- 2010

"Last one in is a smelly buffalo gnat!" 
© Carol Davis, 11-3- 2010

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