LOCATION CAPTURED: GROENLAND GAME LODGE, Tolwe, Limpopo Province, South Africa.
Green Dung Beetle:
Medium sized: Body length 13-18mm, metallic green or copper, finely sculptured. Pronotum stronly domed. Elytra with fine grooves, outer margins with identation.
Active by day. Cuts dung from a fresh dung pad and moulds it into a ball, which it rolls away and burries at same distance. Dung ball is then remodelled by the female into a brood ball into which an egg is laid.
When mature, the larva pupates within the remains of the brood ball.
Habitat: Savanna and bushveld.
Several similar species with different metalic colours.
CAPTURE: THE “BROOD BALL” OF A GREEN DUNG BEETLE.