Arthropod

Dung Beetle

Area: 
All continents except Antarctica
Habitat: 
Deserts, farmland, forests, grasslands, and prairies
Food: 
Liquid from animal waste
Size: 
1/2 to 2 1/2 inches long
Babies: 
Larvae, called grubs, hatch from eggs laid inside animal waste.
A nickname for dung beetles is tumblebugs.
Mighty Recyclers

So what’s so great about dung beetles? By burying animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. dung, the beetles loosen and nourish the soil and help control fly populations.

 

Most dung beetles use the droppingsThe dung, or fecal matter, of animals. of herbivores, which do not digest their food very well. Their dung contains half-digested grass and a smelly liquid. It is this liquid that the adult beetles feed on. Dung beetles also lay their eggs in animalAny living thing that is not a plant. Most animals can move about freely. All use plants or other animals as food. All have sensory organs. manure so their offspring have food to eat when they hatch.

 

Scientists group dung beetles depending on what they do with the dung: rollers, tunnelers, and dwellers. 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 (called a brood ball) or as food for the adults to eat. Tunnellers land on a manure pat and dig down through it and bury a portion of the dung. Dwellers are content with staying on top of the dung pat to lay their eggs and raise the young.