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Copyright: Grzegorz Wieczorek (red45) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-06-19
Categories: Insects
Camera: Olympus 740UZ
Exposure: f/3.2, 1/40 seconds
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): 40-49 Points (Chapter 5) [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-06-26 3:56
Viewed: 3585
Points: 44
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
The scarab is a type of beetle noted for rolling dung into spherical balls and pushing it, as well as its habit of laying its eggs in animal dung. Because most of the scarab species work with dung they are commonly referred to as dung beetles.

The dung beetles are classified as family Scarabaeidae, which includes over 20,000 species in numerous genera, including the African genus Goliathus, the largest and heaviest of the beetles. Dung beetles live in many different habitats, including desert, farmland, forest, and grasslands. They do not like extremely cold or dry weather. They occur on all continents except Antarctica.

The majority of the dung beetle diet is dung. They will eat dung from a variety of animals as long as the animal is herbivorous. Dung beetles also feed on mushrooms, leaves, and decaying matter. Dung beetles do not need to eat anything else because the dung provides all the nutrients; they don't even need to drink water.

The dung beetle body consists of head, abdomen, and thorax. They have legs, located on the thorax, that are specialized for shoveling dung and rolling it along.

The dung beetle has complete metamorphosis. The female will lay an egg in a dung ball which will then be buried to protect it from erosion and predators. During the larval stage the dung beetle will feed on the dung surrounding it.

Scarabs featured prominently in Egyptian art and Egyptian mythology.

The scarab was considered sacred by the Ancient Egyptians because they believed that in its rolling dung balls around, it mirrored the way the great god Ra or his avatar Khepri, himself depicted as a scarab rolled the sun across the sky each day. Because of its additional habit of laying its eggs in animal dung and the bodies of dead animals, the scarab was also associated with rebirth, renewal and resurrection; consequently, it was seen as a symbol of life and rebirth.

See also the LMLK seals from ancient Judah stamped on jars that may have contained offerings. Eight different 4-winged scarab icons may have symbolized resurrection for worshippers (Grena, 2004, pp. 371-2).

Stone scarabs were often placed in Egyptian tombs as a symbol of the deceased's rebirth into the afterlife, and jewelry with the beetle has often been found in tombs as well. A scarab amulet was worn on the chest. A magical spell inscribed on the bottom of the amulet to make sure the deceased's heart wouldn't reveal any damning information when their heart was weighed during their judgement by the gods. Living Egyptians also wore stone scarabs as a symbol of protection in this life and the next.

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  • Janice Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3277 W: 148 N: 6163] (18832)
  • [2005-06-26 4:15]

SOoh, sharp and shiny! This is a good macro shot of it Greg, very sharp details. Well done.
Yes, these beetles were very popular in Egypt.

Ahh.. this reminds me of the movis 'The Mummy' starring Brendan Fraser. This guy has great natural armour. he keeps it very shiny. Excellent macro Greg. Tack sharp with good detail. Nice work. Thanks.

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  • puffy Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 289 W: 0 N: 339] (1351)
  • [2005-06-26 5:29]

Yes, I agree with Pam, it does remind me of that movie too. :) but he look so cute, clean and shinny, what on earth it want to live in Dung? Never understand.. :P Good marco shot, DOF, excellent captured and good details, thanks for sharing my friend... :)

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  • VeTTe Gold Star Critiquer [C: 162 W: 0 N: 0] (684)
  • [2005-06-26 5:41]

hi.. colors and background very good but need more sharpen?
Thanks for sharing.. :)

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-06-26 6:23]

Nice picture Greg! Sharp details, great composition and good pose of the beetle. POV is very good. DOF is a wee bit too shallow in my opinion, but nothing serious. Well done & TFS!


witaj:) zawsze myslalam,ze one sa mniejsze:) a tutaj taki ogromny:) detale znakomite:) super pokazane:) pozd

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  • Graal Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Silver Note Writer [C: 751 W: 31 N: 20] (5100)
  • [2005-06-26 6:56]

Fajne makro, Grzegorzu. Dobra ostro¶æ i kolory. ¯uczek czêsto spotykany ale zawsze mi ¼le "wychodzi". Tutaj - ok.
Pozdr. Al.

Wow Greg... what a fanstastic bug. It looks like a monster bug from the film "Starship Troopers". I like the picture. The Pose is excellent, good work, Very good sharpness, details, colours and copmposition.
Thanks for sharing.

Nice shot Greg,
Such a shiny beetle. great sharp detail and exposure.
well captured, great DOF and POV.
Thanks for posting

Excellent shot, Greg.
Well done on the composition and details. Beautiful work.


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  • carper Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1973 W: 119 N: 2582] (8439)
  • [2005-06-26 13:52]

Fantastic shot Greg,
Very good fast shot, I know that the bug is walking away, good details, very good pov and a nice dof, good note to,very good job,
gr. Jaap

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  • livios Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2150 W: 319 N: 4263] (16942)
  • [2005-06-26 14:07]

Grzegorz, after updating my comments, I must say this shot is really amazing.

Excellent sharpness, pov, composition and blurred bg.

This is to be really close.


Very nice shot Greg, well done on composition and details. Good work.

Great macro, Greg.
The exposure are very good, black bettles are not easy to shoot with good details, but you manage great with this one.
Well composed, nice POV and colours.
Very well done.

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  • dew77 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 4432 W: 248 N: 4028] (13270)
  • [2005-06-27 1:56]

Hello Greg!
Wonderful capture.Razor sharp details,lighting,framing and composition are excellent.TFS...:-)

To jump or not to jump? ;-)
Nice scene!

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-06-27 3:29]

Beautiful & interesting composition for this big Coleoptera ! Good colors, DOF and pose ! Thanks for sharing Grzegorz.

doskonała jakość, mniam :)

Excellent work Greg, Very efficient use of F3.2 with this parallel POV..Very sharp and detailed with great light. Very well done my friend!

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  • PDP Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor [C: 2821 W: 344 N: 3779] (11769)
  • [2005-06-27 11:29]

Hi Greg, great shot. I found one of these at the weekend. Alas he got away before I could get a picture. Nice details here and good exposure for what can be a little difficult. Very well done.

Very nice capture of this beatle.
Always a plasure to to see a 1/40 handheld, although the antena and leg were blured this is great considering this ones are always rushing everywhere :)
Beautiful reflections and as always an excellent note. TFS.

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-06-27 22:28]

Hello Greg!
Personal assessment of the photo: excellent.
Very strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much for sharing.

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