Friday Fun: "Fussy" dung beetles refusing to eat shit any more

May 18 2012 Published by under friday fun

Yes, it's been that kind of day.

"Fussy" dung beetles refusing to eat shit any more

To zoologists, they are nature's great recyclers, the 5,000 or so species that feed on faeces and maintain the ecological balance of the deserts, farmlands, forests and grasslands of the world. However, this may be about to change, as a younger generation of dung beetle tell their parents they 'are not eating that shit'.

The generation gap has truly struck in the Scarabaeoidea world. Older dung beetles point out that millions of generations before them have been happy to eat shit and they are lucky not to have to eat or drink anything else, because the dung provides all the necessary nutrients. Young dung beetles, however, are not listening.

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