Sculptures :: Commercial Bronzes :: Addo Flightless Dung Beetle

Addo Flightless Dung Beetle Subfamily Scarabaeinae

These are flightless little creatures, hence their name. This beetle utilises both the African Elephant and the Cape Buffalo dung as both food and a nursery and is thus dependant on both animals for its survival. Its front legs are adapted for manipulating dung which is rolled away and buried with a single egg inside. A single egg produced annually.
They occur in the Greater Addo area in the Eastern Cape and their conservation status is vulnerable.

I loved the contrast between the smooth body of the dung beetle and the rough texture of the ball and the contrasting colour of the shiny metallic black beetle against the ball. I have constructed this dung beetle in such a way that the ball actually rolls

Medium: Bronze
Edition: Open edition