|Male beetle moving ball of dung with his hind legs|
When we were camping last summer we came across a funny sight while hiking. I was in the lead and had to stop as I saw something rather strange: it looked like a little turd moving along the path in front of me. Upon further investigation, we found that it was a dung beetle with a rolled up ball of poop. He was rolling it uphill and in a very straight path - over pebbles, twigs, whatever. He was a persistent little guy as the ball was about three times his size and it was very unwieldy. We must have spent about fifteen minutes just watching as this amazing little creature kept to his task. He was the epitome of the saying that "the impossible is possible if you keep at it".
Now, the reason Mr. MoonCat popped off with this little gem today is that he had done some reading on these fascinating little bugs. We were talking this morning about how ants can carry many times their own weight and we told mom about seeing the little dung beetle at work. Hubby's ENTIRE basis for saying that he is the dung beetle of OUR family is that the males are the ones who do all the work in dung beetle couples. They usually roll up the ball of poop and move it to wherever the female designates while she directs or even HITCHES A RIDE while he's working!
|Mr. DungBeetle moving poop while being directed by Mrs. DungBeetle|