The Dung Beetle

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Animals
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The Dung Beetle

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Dung beetles come in many colors, from dull and glossy black to metallic green and red. Ancient Egyptians thought very highly of the dung beetle, (also known as the scarab). They believed it kept the Earth revolving like a giant ball of dung, linking the insect to Khepri, the Egyptian god of the rising sun.

Dung Beetles!

Rollers form a bit of dung into a ball, roll it away, and bury it. The balls they make are either used by the female to lay her eggs in or as food for the adults to eat. Tunnellers land on a manure pat and simply dig down into the pat, burying a portion of the dung. Dwellers stay on top of the dung pat to lay their eggs and raise the young.

Dung beetles can grow up to .5 inches to 2.5 inches. They can live up to 3 years.

There are 3 types of dung beetles: Rollers (who roll the dung), tunnelers (who tunnel and bury their dung), and dwellers (who live in the dung).


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