Competition For Excrement Is Fierce

If you’re like me (of course you are!), you’ve been lying awake at night, asking yourself:

“How the hell do South African dung beetles roll their balls in a straight line? Sure, polarized light from the Sun works fine during the day (duh!), but what about at night, when many of them do their best work?”

Well, fret no longer. The answer is here.

3 Comments

  1. JK says

    Wow! Talk about Seven Degrees of Whatnot!

    Back when I was a kid watching alot of TV, my Dad once came in the room during a toilet paper commercial admonishing me, “See what happens when you watch too much of this stuff, all you can expect to accomplish is to become a toilet paper pitchman.”

    Wish Dad was around so I could point out that pitchman was saving up a sum to send his kid to college. And it paid off handsomely.

    Dung beetle researcher Sean D. Whipple,

    Posted January 28, 2013 at 5:06 pm | Permalink
  2. “How the hell do South African dung beetles roll their balls in a straight line?”

    I’d thought insects had no balls, but I suppose it takes balls for dung beetles to deal with the sh*t they have to put up with!

    Jeffery Hodges

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    Posted January 29, 2013 at 8:43 am | Permalink
  3. “How the hell do South African dung beetles roll their balls in a straight line?”

    Probably very, very gently.

    Posted January 29, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Permalink

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