(Not only) the wind shows the way

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A ball-rolling dung beetle (Scarabaeus lamarcki) is navigating through the South
A ball-rolling dung beetle (Scarabaeus lamarcki) is navigating through the South African savanna. (Image: Chris Collingridge)
06/24/2019

When the South African dung beetle rolls its dung ball through the savannah, it must know the way as precisely as possible. Scientists have now discovered that it does not orient itself solely on the position of the sun.

The South African dung beetle Scarabaeus lamarcki has - to put it mildly - an interesting technique to ensure its offspring a good start in life. When the animal, which is only a few centimetres tall, encounters elephant dung, for example, it forms small balls out of it which it then rolls away in a randomly chosen direction. ...

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