Dung beetle

dung beetle

Dung beetle –

These beetles are rolling up horse manure. Their nickname is the rollers, because they roll up dung as a food source to put in a brooding chamber they dig in the ground. The male and female mate and then she lays her eggs inside the dung ball for the babies to eat when they hatch. She makes something similar to a beehive inside the dung ball, with a pouch and food for every egg.

These little guys have a great sense of smell to find the manure with and seem to fly in out of nowhere whenever cows or horses are around. I’ve seen hundreds fly in to some remote place where we are working cattle. Then they all take off in separate directions franticly pushing their little poop marble. This always cracks me up.

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