Dung Beetles Dance on Poo for Celestial Navigation

Jan 19, 2012 by
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Researchers have found dung beetles dance a jig on their dung balls to let them see celestial cues in the sky and to orient themselves so they can navigate away from rivals as fast as possible, scientists find. Dung beetles roll up balls of dung to feed their young.

 

Strangely, they routinely climb on top of these balls and dance around in circles on them, a mystery that neuroethologist Emily Baird at Lund University in Sweden and her colleagues wanted to solve.

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