Enjoy a short video of a dung beetle (or "tumblebug") that Kelly and I observed at one of our favorite outdoor places- Desoto State Park. This was filmed back in late May (Memorial Day weekend) when we went to catch Redeye Bass at DSP. The droning noise in the background of the video is that of the 13-year Periodical Cicadas (Magicicada tredecim).
My favorite part is at 0:22 when the beetle climbs atop its ball of poop as if to survey a route to blindly push said ball of poop.
Kelly deserves all the credit for spotting this little determined decomposer. She spotted the the 3/4" beetle rolling its 1" ball from like thirty feet away... eagle eyes. Despite its relative smallness, I had never actually seen a dung beetle so large. The only ones I had ever seen were less than half its size. I thought the big dung rollers were only found on the African savanna, but I learn new things about the natural world around me almost everyday.
|Dung beetle or Vigilant Tumblebug (Canthon vigilans)|
Sorry folks, the poop rolling beetle is all I've got.
However, the first person that leaves a comment below explaining why dung beetles roll feces around wins a prize.
Don't worry... it won't be a ball of feces.
When you don't have any fresh content, giveaways seem like a good idea.