There are three main types of dung beetle – rollers, tunnellers and dwellers – each named for the way the way the beetles use the poop they find. Rollers shape dung into balls and roll them away from the pile. They then burry the ball to either munch on later or to use as a place to lay their eggs. Tunnellers dive into the dung pile, usually working in a ‘male-female’ pair, and dig a tunnel beneath it. The female beetle then stays in the tunnel sorting out the dung brought down by the male. Dwellers, on the other hand, simply live inside the pooey pile. Female dwellers lay their eggs there, and when the larvae (or young) hatch they happily munch away on the food that surrounds them.
when an animal (such as an elephant, cow or rhino) munches on some tasty grub, there are always parts of the food that pass through its body undigested, and end up in its dung. Its these nutritious bits of undigested food that dung beetles tuck into. Larvae eat the solid poop, while the adult beetles generally suck up the nutritious moisture found inside the dung.
These cool critters may be small, but boy are they are they mighty! In fact, in relation to its size the dung beetle is not only the world’s strongest insect – it’s the world’s strongest animal! When moving balls of dung, a roller can pull a whopping 1,141 times its own bodyweight – that’s the same as a human dragging six full double-decker busses along a road! Male dung beetles also use their colossal strength to fight, locking horns to push and pull rivals out of the way when they’re grappling for a female’s attention. #macroworld_tr#macro#macros#macro_turkey#macro_perfection#macro_mood#grikart_macro#igworldclub_macro#top_macro#majestic_macros#macroclique#igbest_macros#macro_brilliance#hot_macros_#loves_macro#great_macro#igglobalclubmacro#macro_holic#tgif_macro#electric_macro#macro_vision#macro_freaks#bns_macro#pocket_macro