News tagged with dung beetle

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 ...

Jan 24, 2013 4.5 / 5 (4) 3 | with audio podcast

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 ...

Oct 22, 2012 5 / 5 (5) 4 | with audio podcast

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 ...

Jun 06, 2012 not rated yet 1

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 ...

May 29, 2012 not rated yet 0

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 ...

Apr 11, 2012 not rated yet 0

Beetlemania: The joy of dung

Darren Mann likes nothing better than getting his hands dirty. He’s at his happiest in the field with magnifying glass and notebook, delving into a fresh pile of poo. He is an insect expert and a specialist ...

May 09, 2011 3 / 5 (1) 0

Scientists reveal cracks in egg theory

(PhysOrg.com) -- Scientists in Cambridge have found cracks in the long-standing theory that the number of eggs animals have -- and the size of those eggs -- is related to how much parental care they invest ...

Jun 08, 2010 4.8 / 5 (4) 0 | with audio podcast