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Phanaeus Imperator (male) - pose Last week I posted the female of this stunning dung beetle from Argentina:<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113117/phanaeus_imperator_-_pose.html" title="Phanaeus Imperator - pose"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/113117_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1642032010&Signature=bQQqF0P5bJJZWe46gKDf5t9yFag%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Phanaeus Imperator - pose Specimen. A colorful and very shiny dung beetle originally from Argentina. This is the female. The male has a massive horn on its head. I have the male specimen too, but still need to process it. Note the big difference in color perceptions depending on the angle of the light hitting it.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113116/phanaeus_imperator.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113117/phanaeus_imperator_-_pose.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113118/phanaeus_imperator_-_lateral.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113119/phanaeus_imperator.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113120/phanaeus_imperator_-_frontal.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113121/phanaeus_imperator_-_lateral_2.html Macro,Phanaeus Imperator" /></a></figure><br />
Hereby a series on the male. Equally shiny and colorful with a massive horn on the head added. <br />
<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113642/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_lateral.html" title="Phanaeus Imperator (male) - lateral"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/113642_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1642032010&Signature=u7GO13IOtgPFqLktV0PL0zq1BRA%3D" width="200" height="198" alt="Phanaeus Imperator (male) - lateral Last week I posted the female of this stunning dung beetle from Argentina:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113117/phanaeus_imperator_-_pose.html<br />
Hereby a series on the male. Equally shiny and colorful with a massive horn on the head added. <br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113642/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_lateral.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113643/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_pose.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113644/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_frontal.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113645/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_hat.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113647/phanaeus_imperator_male.html Macro,Phanaeus Imperator" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113643/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_pose.html" title="Phanaeus Imperator (male) - pose"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/113643_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1642032010&Signature=ycQ6CFFz68Fc4e%2Bv2sd%2Bzpll%2B1s%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Phanaeus Imperator (male) - pose Last week I posted the female of this stunning dung beetle from Argentina:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113117/phanaeus_imperator_-_pose.html<br />
Hereby a series on the male. Equally shiny and colorful with a massive horn on the head added. <br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113642/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_lateral.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113643/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_pose.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113644/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_frontal.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113645/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_hat.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113647/phanaeus_imperator_male.html Macro,Phanaeus Imperator" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113644/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_frontal.html" title="Phanaeus Imperator (male) - frontal"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/113644_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1642032010&Signature=KcMRncoxCHbIJoLy5MqI0boNjfU%3D" width="200" height="200" alt="Phanaeus Imperator (male) - frontal Last week I posted the female of this stunning dung beetle from Argentina:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113117/phanaeus_imperator_-_pose.html<br />
Hereby a series on the male. Equally shiny and colorful with a massive horn on the head added. <br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113642/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_lateral.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113643/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_pose.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113644/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_frontal.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113645/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_hat.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113647/phanaeus_imperator_male.html Macro,Phanaeus Imperator" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113645/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_hat.html" title="Phanaeus Imperator (male) - hat"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/113645_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1642032010&Signature=is%2F5MWkc%2B%2F5sTwA6G3SqSnQ%2BDtQ%3D" width="200" height="150" alt="Phanaeus Imperator (male) - hat Last week I posted the female of this stunning dung beetle from Argentina:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113117/phanaeus_imperator_-_pose.html<br />
Hereby a series on the male. Equally shiny and colorful with a massive horn on the head added. <br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113642/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_lateral.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113643/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_pose.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113644/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_frontal.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113645/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_hat.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113647/phanaeus_imperator_male.html Extreme Macro,Extreme Macro Portraits,Phanaeus Imperator" /></a></figure><br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113647/phanaeus_imperator_male.html" title="Phanaeus Imperator (male)"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2/113647_thumb.jpg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1642032010&Signature=MeKwJnAu3jVLeEsTfOXJ7xuFpbg%3D" width="200" height="134" alt="Phanaeus Imperator (male) Last week I posted the female of this stunning dung beetle from Argentina:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113117/phanaeus_imperator_-_pose.html<br />
Hereby a series on the male. Equally shiny and colorful with a massive horn on the head added. <br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113642/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_lateral.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113643/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_pose.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113644/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_frontal.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113645/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_hat.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113647/phanaeus_imperator_male.html Extreme Macro,Phanaeus Imperator" /></a></figure> Macro,Phanaeus Imperator Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Phanaeus Imperator (male) - pose

Last week I posted the female of this stunning dung beetle from Argentina:

Phanaeus Imperator - pose Specimen. A colorful and very shiny dung beetle originally from Argentina. This is the female. The male has a massive horn on its head. I have the male specimen too, but still need to process it. Note the big difference in color perceptions depending on the angle of the light hitting it.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113116/phanaeus_imperator.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113117/phanaeus_imperator_-_pose.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113118/phanaeus_imperator_-_lateral.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113119/phanaeus_imperator.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113120/phanaeus_imperator_-_frontal.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113121/phanaeus_imperator_-_lateral_2.html Macro,Phanaeus Imperator

Hereby a series on the male. Equally shiny and colorful with a massive horn on the head added.

Phanaeus Imperator (male) - lateral Last week I posted the female of this stunning dung beetle from Argentina:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113117/phanaeus_imperator_-_pose.html<br />
Hereby a series on the male. Equally shiny and colorful with a massive horn on the head added. <br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113642/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_lateral.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113643/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_pose.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113644/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_frontal.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113645/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_hat.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113647/phanaeus_imperator_male.html Macro,Phanaeus Imperator

Phanaeus Imperator (male) - pose Last week I posted the female of this stunning dung beetle from Argentina:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113117/phanaeus_imperator_-_pose.html<br />
Hereby a series on the male. Equally shiny and colorful with a massive horn on the head added. <br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113642/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_lateral.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113643/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_pose.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113644/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_frontal.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113645/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_hat.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113647/phanaeus_imperator_male.html Macro,Phanaeus Imperator

Phanaeus Imperator (male) - frontal Last week I posted the female of this stunning dung beetle from Argentina:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113117/phanaeus_imperator_-_pose.html<br />
Hereby a series on the male. Equally shiny and colorful with a massive horn on the head added. <br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113642/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_lateral.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113643/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_pose.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113644/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_frontal.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113645/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_hat.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113647/phanaeus_imperator_male.html Macro,Phanaeus Imperator

Phanaeus Imperator (male) - hat Last week I posted the female of this stunning dung beetle from Argentina:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113117/phanaeus_imperator_-_pose.html<br />
Hereby a series on the male. Equally shiny and colorful with a massive horn on the head added. <br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113642/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_lateral.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113643/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_pose.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113644/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_frontal.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113645/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_hat.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113647/phanaeus_imperator_male.html Extreme Macro,Extreme Macro Portraits,Phanaeus Imperator

Phanaeus Imperator (male) Last week I posted the female of this stunning dung beetle from Argentina:<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113117/phanaeus_imperator_-_pose.html<br />
Hereby a series on the male. Equally shiny and colorful with a massive horn on the head added. <br />
<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113642/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_lateral.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113643/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_pose.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113644/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_frontal.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113645/phanaeus_imperator_male_-_hat.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113647/phanaeus_imperator_male.html Extreme Macro,Phanaeus Imperator

    comments (13)

  1. This series is incredible. You've really perfected your technique to the point where your photos look completely professional. Well done! I'm super impressed. Posted 7 months ago, modified 7 months ago
    1. Wow, kind words, thanks so much. I think in this case the subject itself really helps to make an impression. Posted 7 months ago
      1. You're welcome. The beetle is gorgeous, of course. But, your skills and all you have learned are really shining! Posted 7 months ago
        1. Thanks again. This one took an extraordinary amount of time. Still had to throw away 2 out of 3 shots. Which is fine with normal macro, but a single shot with focus stacking is very time consuming.

          The other reason for this time sink is my experimentation with cleaning them. This arguably wasn't the most difficult to clean, but wanted to share that I've used a chemical called Decon90 on this one. Mixed with 50% water, and only for 10 mins.

          Still too early to call it a magic potion, need to test it on more subjects. You should see it as a "if all else fails" method.
          Posted 7 months ago
          1. Oh, wow. Well, the cleanliness shows. It looks pristine. I've used Decon 90 in lab settings...never thought of it for cleaning insects, but it clearly works! Posted 7 months ago
            1. So far, so good. Here's the source of inspiration for using it:
              https://www.flickr.com/photos/andredekesel/12644456773/

              But that post has to be interpreted with care. The overall removal of dust particles/threads as seen in that specimen is something that likely could have also been achieved with just detergent in warmish water.

              The particular Decon90 benefit might be that it also removes sticky dirt (that would normally require a scrub action) and even better: supposedly it can also somewhat restore compound eyes. Both claims I'm still testing.

              And to complete the tour of cleaning experiments:

              Phanaeus Imperator Specimen. A colorful and very shiny dung beetle originally from Argentina. This is the female. The male has a massive horn on its head. I have the male specimen too, but still need to process it. Note the big difference in color perceptions depending on the angle of the light hitting it.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113116/phanaeus_imperator.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113117/phanaeus_imperator_-_pose.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113118/phanaeus_imperator_-_lateral.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113119/phanaeus_imperator.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113120/phanaeus_imperator_-_frontal.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/113121/phanaeus_imperator_-_lateral_2.html Macro,Phanaeus Imperator

              Note the brown dirt on the black part of thorax. This I failed to remove. Allan Walls suggested it's wax-like. It's a result of such specimens put in an oven to speed up their drying process. This expels some of the body fluids, which then dry up and become near impossible to remove. Butylglycol is the suggested chemical to use. I did use it, but still did not manage to remove it using that method.
              Posted 7 months ago, modified 7 months ago
              1. The difference in the eyes in that flickr post is impressive! I have some super dirty bugs that I might play around with trying to clean. I'm going to start with soapy water though. Posted 7 months ago
                1. Great, please do share your findings, love to know about it. Posted 7 months ago
  2. Today's Facebook post:

    Can you believe that this beauty is a dung beetle!? Click the link for more stunning photos! {Phanaeus imperator by Ferdy Christant} #JungleDragon #PhanaeusImperator #dungbeetle

    https://www.facebook.com/jungledragonwildlife
    Posted 7 months ago
  3. This is truly amazing Ferdy. Posted 7 months ago
    1. Glad you like my new car, Wesley :) Posted 7 months ago
  4. That's a stonker Ferdy! Posted 7 months ago
    1. Thanks, mate! Posted 7 months ago

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Phanaeus Imperator is a dung beetle in the Phanaeus genus.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Ferdy Christant
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By Ferdy Christant

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Uploaded Apr 25, 2021. Captured Apr 25, 2021 14:25.
  • NIKON D850
  • f/8.0
  • 1/60s
  • ISO400
  • 50mm