Canthon sp. - dung beetle
Arizona, USA

photograph © Alex Wild 2006

A dung beetle digs in.  Notice the wings protruding from the back end of the beetle- this insect  arrived at the dung moments before I took this picture and had not yet fully retracted its wings.

USA AZ Pima Co.: Sycamore Canyon 
24km ESE Green Valley 31º47'N 110º49'W 
1300m Mesquite savannah.

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This image was captured with a Canon EOS 20D, using a Canon 65/2.8 MPE 1-5x Macro lens.