Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle by Cheryl BardoeSimple science text and dramatic illustrations give a close-up view of the fascinating world of the dung beetle. When an animal lightens its load, dung beetles race to the scene. They battle over, devour, hoard, and lay their eggs in the precious poop. Dung is food, drink, and fuel for new life—as crucial to these beetles as the beetles are to many habitats, including our own.
Interesting Dung Beetle Facts
Is there anything cooler than a dung beetle pushing a ball of poo? We think not. But lest you disagree, please consider these 10 fascinating facts about dung beetles. Dung beetles are coprophagous insects, meaning they eat excrement of other organisms. Although not all dung beetles eat poop exclusively, they all eat feces at some point in their life. Most prefer to feed on herbivore droppings, which are largely undigested plant matter, rather than carnivore waste, which holds very little nutritional value for insects and really, who could blame them for that preference. Recent research 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.
When thinking about the animals that you would like to see while on an African safari your list probably includes elephants, lions, rhino and giraffes. These are awesome animals and unique and important to the ecosystems that they live in. We bet you didn't think about the little creatures that clean up after these big waste makers! The dung beetle's name is very fitting as it's life revolves around dung. Dung beetles have two different types of balls to roll through their lifetime — food balls and brood balls. A male and female meet up at a pile of dung in breeding season and mate.
Dung beetles are beetles that feed partly or exclusively on feces. There are around 8, species of dung beetles known, and they live all around the world , except for a few islands and the cold polar regions.
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Dung beetles do just what their name suggests: they use the manure, or dung, of other animals in some unique ways! These interesting insects fly around in search of manure deposits, or pats, from herbivores like cows and elephants.
The dung beetle does what it says on the tin: it uses faeces, typically from herbivores and omnivores, for food and nest sites. There are three types of dung beetle. Rollers form balls of dung that are rolled away for burial, to be used as both an egg-laying site for the female and a food source for the adults and resulting grubs; tunnellers dig down into and beneath the pile of dung, burying part of it as an underground larder; dwellers live and raise their offspring within the dung. Dung beetles are very useful recyclers of nutrients. Without them, dung would cover the land and create a breeding ground for pests. The native beetles found the foreign dung unpalatable, leaving it to litter the landscape. Thanks to the immigrants, pasture quality improved considerably and fly outbreaks were reduced.
Range :. Dung beetles have dark, round bodies, six legs and long flying wings folded under hard, protective covers. Some male dung beetles have strong horns on their heads, too. Found worldwide on every continent except Antartica, these brilliant bugs live in habitats ranging from hot, dry deserts to lush forests. And any ideas what these insects like to eat? Yup, you guessed it…dung or animal poop, as you might call it.
Toggle navigation. Dung beetle Facts Dung beetles include large and diverse group of insects which feed on dung feces. There are dung beetles that can be found on each continent except Antarctica. Dung beetles inhabit different types of ecosystems. They can be found in rainforests, deserts, grasslands…These insects play very important role in the nature because they recycle waste material and accelerate circulation of the nutrients in the food chains.