10 Things you Probably Didn’t Know about the Dung Beetle

10 things you probably didn't know about the dung beetle

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.