Scarab beetle. It would tend to perch in one spot while baring the area between its head and front legs, where some orange-ish bits were (visible in the third picture). Perhaps releasing pheromones?
World of a Dung Beetle!
It was quite an uphill task for this determined Dung Beetle. It took this neatly rolled dung to the sand dune dug a tunnel in the sand and took it inside.
wave cut platform, coastal vegetation
Elizabeth and I stayed at the AMAZING Alamo Inn B&B -- geared towards bird watchers and a magnificent place (and relatively inexpensive too). I asked the innkeeper if I could put up a moth light, and she told me that someone nearby is documenting the moths in the area! Sweet! I went and pestered them, hung out for about 4 hours talking nature and philosophy, and photographed lots and lots and lots of cool new moths and bugs. :)
Several of these I will study with the discover life moth guide:
Most of these moths and critters Chuck documented like a week earlier, so I'm using his calendar too. :) Thanks, Chuck!
Observación de Jesús Salas