While walking another trail a few days back, I came upon this; a DUNG BEETLE. I bet you never thought you'd be reading about a bug of famed manure rolling on this blog, now, did you? Well surprise!!!
And I will even tell you this image I took of it laboring to get the roll of poop to its underground chamber; the beetle is a male. How do I know? Online research. The male dung beetle has a horn atop the center of its head. The female probably awaits for him to return home from rush hour traffic to either lay the egg in the ball of cow pies for nourishing her young'un, or perhaps a romantic interlude awaits the roving dear man. Upon closer look, it seems he's drinking while driving. They suck the moisture. And no doubt, it's a bit fermented like fine wine!! Gives a whole new meaning to getting juiced!!
Now, for some facts:
- The individual strength record goes to a male Onthophagus taurus dung beetle [a large scarab], which pulled a load equivalent to 1,141 times its own body weight. In human terms, that would be like a 150 lb. person pulling 80 tons!
A recent study showed that dung beetles use their dung balls to cool off. Around noon, when the sun is at its peak, dung beetles will routinely climb atop their dung balls to give their feet a break from the hot ground.
New research confirmed that at least one species of African dung beetle, Scarabaeus satyrus, uses the Milky Way as a guide to steering its dung ball home.
For most dung beetles, not just any poop will do. Many dung beetles specialize on the dung of particular animals, or types of animals, and simply will not touch the poo of other critters. [don't worry....the dung is more plant refuse than anything else]
At the University of Nebraska suggests dung beetles may be most attracted to omnivore excrement, since it provides both nutritional value and the right amount of odor to make it easy to find.
Oh, and if you're wondering about my expertise and exceptional knowledge on the subject....Actually, I Googled all this crap.