News tagged with dung beetle

Australia—riding on the insect's back

As you may have spotted, the title of this article is a cheeky reference to the famous saying that Australia rides on the back of a particular woolly ruminant. The reference dates back to 1894, when the wool ...

dateMay 05, 2015 in Ecology
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Beneficial organisms react differently to parasite drug

The substance ivermectin has been used for more than thirty years all over the world to combat parasites like roundworms, lice and mites in humans, livestock and pets. The active ingredient belongs to the chemical group of ...

dateApr 14, 2014 in Ecology
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Galloping beetles could be counting steps

(Phys.org) —A species of dung beetle in the Western Cape has given up its ability to fly and instead gallops across the sand in a behaviour which researchers suspect evolved as a way to navigate back and ...

dateOct 21, 2013 in Plants & Animals
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Dung beetles use stars for orientation

You might expect dung beetles to keep their "noses to the ground," but they are actually incredibly attuned to the sky. A report published online on January 24 in Current Biology shows that even on the da ...

dateJan 24, 2013 in Plants & Animals
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Beetles use dung balls to stay cool

Dung beetles roll their feasts of dung away to avoid the hoards of other hungry competitors at the dung pile. But now a team of researchers from South Africa and Sweden have discovered that they also use ...

dateOct 22, 2012 in Plants & Animals
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Far-flung dung beetles here to 'finish the job'

Specially chosen for their spring frenzy and voracious appetite for dung, two new species of European dung beetles have arrived in Australia to improve cattle pastures and finish off a job well started through ...

dateJun 06, 2012 in Ecology
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Flapping protective wings increase lift

New research from Lund University in Sweden reveals the value of carrying two layers of wings around. The researchers studied dung beetles and the way their protective forewings actually function. These wings do not only ...

dateMay 29, 2012 in Plants & Animals
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Exotic manure is sure to lure the dung connoisseur

Although the preference of dung beetles for specific types and conditions of dung has been given substantial attention, little has been done to investigate their preference for dung from exotic mammals found on game farms ...

dateApr 11, 2012 in Ecology
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