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Copyright: aytul akel (lutya) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 17 W: 0 N: 93] (451)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2007-04-26
Categories: Insects
Camera: Nikon Coolpix P3, 1GB sd card
Details: (Fill) Flash: Yes
Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2007-05-01 17:50
Viewed: 2931
Points: 6
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The family Scarabaeidae consists of over 30,000 species of beetles worldwide. The species in this large family are often called scarabs or scarab beetles.

Scarabs are stout-bodied beetles, many with bright metallic colors, measuring between 5-60 mm. They have distinctive, clubbed antennae composed of plates called lamellae that can be compressed into a ball or fanned out like leaves to sense odors. The front legs are broad and adapted for digging.

The C-shaped larvae, called grubs, are pale yellow or white. Most adult beetles are nocturnal, although the flower chafers (Cetoniinae) and many leaf chafers (Rutelinae) are active during the day. The grubs mostly live underground or under debris, so are not exposed to sunlight. Many scarabs are scavengers that recycle dung, carrion, or decaying plant material. Others, such as the Japanese beetle are devastating agricultural pests.

In ancient Egypt, scarabs were revered as sacred. Some of the well-known beetles from the Scarabaeidae are Japanese beetles, dung beetles, June beetles, rose chafers, rhinoceros beetles, Hercules beetles and Goliath beetles.

from wikipedia

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Hello Aytul,

Strictly speaking, it's not a rhinoceros beetle, it's a dung beetle (Scarabaeidae, Coprinae), most probably Copris hispanus.

Best regards,

merhaba aytul; ilginc bir bocekmis dogrusu ,pek sık gordugumu soyleyemem her sey cok iyi netlik,detaylar, cok hos.tebrikler

Gergedanımız ellerinden sonra burada yerde boy göstermiş. Tabi yine güzel bir çalışma ile...

Hi Aytul!
I agree with Dmitry that this beautiful species belong to genus Copris (at least 2 similar species are known from Turkey so the identification of species is not possible for me) from Scarabaeidae family. Very unique photo of rarely presented group. It is a great pleasure for me (as the entomologist) to watch pictures like this one - both interesting because of the object and because of good technical quality :)
Thank you for showing ut and my best regards from Lodz,

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