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Minotaur beetle

Typhaeus typhoeus – (family Scarabaeidae)

The minotaur beetle is a spectacular dung beetle of heaths, moorlands and mountains, especially in the north and west of the British Isles. The males use the long prongs on the thorax (as seen here) to compete for females. Large males have relatively even larger prongs, whereas the females have only small points in their place. They are most often seen with other dung beetles (especially the dor beetles of the related genus Geotrupes) on rabbit middens and sheep droppings.

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Some moths evade bat echolocation by falling fast, ‘shouting’ back, sound warnings of poison and mimicking each other.

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