While we may look at the dung beetle as disgusting little poop-eaters, the little guys are actually valuable inhabitants of the earth with deep sacred roots. In fact, without these beetles cleaning things up, the world would be a real shity place to live, ha, get it?…In an effort to encourage environmental appreciation, I have researched and complied ten awesome facts you probably didn’t know about the lowly dung beetle, plus linked a really cool video…
10 Things you Probably Didn’t Know about the Dung Beetle:
- There are over 7000 different species of dung beetles roaming the each that all belong to the Scarabaeoidea family.
- Dung beetles are found living in deserts, forests and farmlands on every continent except for Antarctica.
- Dung beetles love to roll fresh dung excreted from various animals. They roll it a straight line that forms an impressive ball. They also bury the balls of dung and live in it, all while consuming it.
- Dung beetles are some of nature’s best cleaners and recyclers – by eating and burying faeces, they improve the fertility of the soil while also deterring diseased flies and keeping the environment looking and smelling its cleanest.
- Female dung beetles lay their eggs in balls of poop and bury it in a hole. When the eggs hatch, the younglings instinctively consume the dung and emerge from the hole to start their life as lovers of poop.
- In addition to consuming poop, many species of dung beetles like to dine on mushrooms as well as decaying fruits and leaves.
- Scientists has discovered that the dung beetle is the first animal proven to use the Milky Way to navigate.
- A single dung beetle can roll and bury a ball of dung 250 times heavier than itself.
- Ancient Egyptians worshiped the dung beetle as a Sun-God as well as a symbol of rebirth.
- Dung beetles are always on the lookout for naughty beetles that pick fights in an effort to steal the dung for themselves.