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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.   1,109 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

Entomology News

Pleistocene Dung Beetles

An odd thought occurred to me the other day involving Hindu reincarnation myths and dung beetles.  I happened to jog past a female rainbow scarab beetle ( 942 more words

Two New Dung Beetle Species Found in Mexico

A Mexican-Italian research team discovered two new dung beetle species in Mexico while carrying out a biodiversity study in conserved forests and cattle-grazing sites. The new species are described in the journal… 283 more words

Insects In The News

The Rainbow Dung Scarab

Phanaeus vindex, otherwise known as the Rainbow Dung Beetle, is one of the most beautiful beetle species of the United States; and I plan on acquiring a few of them to try breeding and raising them in captivity.   242 more words


Bug of the Week: Aphodius erraticus

The bug of the week is Aphodius erraticus. This is a species I have used in experiments during my PhD, and is particularly endearing. Its elytra is a charming golden-bronze, with dark inner striae which almost gives the impression of an extra-long scutellum. 38 more words


Dung beetles vs Greenhouse Gases: Round Two

Producing beef and milk comes with significant environmental costs. Cattle manure may harbour pathogens which have potential to contaminate waterways. Heavy trampling associated with intensive grazing can damage the structural integrity of the soil, making it difficult for plants to grow. 684 more words