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Shake It at the Sky

“And there’s very many lazy beetles that are just waiting around to steal the balls of other industrious beetles and often there are big fights in the dung piles,” he said.

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A box of beetles

Recently I was wondering around Kinloch Rannoch in Scotland admiring the beautiful scenery whilst walking my dog. As I looked down at the undergrowth I noticed lots of these dung beetles (Geotrupes spp.) crawling around. 289 more words

BENHS Insect ID Weekend @ Sussex University

This year, the BENHS hosted an insect ID weekend on the 7th and 8th May at the University of Sussex, it organised by Craig Perl and Alan Stewart. 423 more words


Dung Beetles Evolved in Association with Dinosaurs, New Research Suggests

An international team of scientists uncovered the first molecular evidence indicating that dung beetles evolved in association with dinosaurs. The findings place the origin of dung beetles (Scarabaeidae: Scarabaeinae) in the Lower Cretaceous period, with the first major diversification occurring in the middle of the Cretaceous. 586 more words

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New Paper: Sex specific signals help explain aggregations of dung beetles

Last summer, a keen student (Jack Ford) got in touch wanting to learn more about what being a scientist/entomologist is all about.  Jack helped with one of my research projects by helping process soil samples.   1,095 more words


Study Provides Insights on Evolution and Diversity of Dung Beetles

One of the largest and most important groups of dung beetles in the world evolved from a single common ancestor, and relationships among the various lineages are now known, according to new research by an entomologist from Western Kentucky University. 284 more words

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