The Minotaur of Murlough
A small and friendly minotaur has been discovered on the reserve! It was wandering happily across our path a fortnight ago, and so we picked it up to admire it and marvel at it's fuzzy bits and impressive horns. After a professional photo session I returned it to its labyrinth (to North Point, from whence it came).
It is a male Minotaur Beetle Typhaeus typhoeus and is locally rare.
These critters are unmistakable and bimble about eating rabbit droppings and dung. They live on sandy dune-heaths such as Murlough and dig deep tunnels worthy of a real Minotaur, which they defend with their impressive prongs. Look out for them in spring.
Imagine the conservation status we'd have if we had a real Minotaur? I bet they'd be at the very least UKBAP. I invite anyone who wants to make a pretend ARKive site with mythical beasts on it to post a link here.