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Started by bmathison1972, August 25, 2017, 02:20:48 AM
Quote from: Beetle guy on December 10, 2017, 11:49:42 AMHow do you mean that Scarabaeus beetles are flightless?
Quote from: bmathison1972 on December 10, 2017, 02:02:54 PMIt's always been my understanding Scarabaeus species cannot fly (despite their depiction as such in Egyptian art). I've snooped around a little and perhaps only the subgenus Mnematium is flightless. Maybe I was misapplying flightlessness in some African species to the entire genus?
Quote from: brontodocus on December 12, 2017, 01:22:59 PMDon't remember exactly, but some 20 years ago I had to identify Scarabaeus specimens from the Etosha Pan in Namibia and was using a key by Zur Strassen from (I think) 1963, I'm not sure anymore but I think some Scarabaeus species mentioned in the key were indeed flightless. Considering the species id in this series, I think Fabre mentions Scarabaeus from Egypt (which would indicate S. sacer) but he made his observations in Southern France (where S. typhon occurs).