Nature is an amazing recycler. Imagine the heaps of trash that would be around if nothing ever rotted. One of nature’s more comical recyclers is the dung beetle. The dung beetle’s job is to turn dung into…its own food! Talk about the world’s worst job! Lucky for us, though, they don’t mind, they’re good at it, and they don’t procrastinate! Dung beetles are quick to act when their antennae detect dung…”The first may arrive fifteen seconds after the dropping plops to the ground.” Fifteen. Seconds. I would love it if someone cleaned up after my dog that fast! If you have a dog or cat too, you know how often scooping is required – now times that by every animal on the planet…be thankful for the beautiful dung beetle! This book will show you everything you need to know about how dung beetles detect, roll, tunnel and battle to keep the earth from turning into one giant litter box.
- Amazon Look Inside: Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle
- GoodReads: Behold the Beautiful Dung Beetle
- National Geographic Kids: Dung Beetle
- San Diego Zoo: Dung Beetle
- BBC Nature: Dung Beetles
- Texas Agrilife Extension Services: Composting for Kids
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Artifact Collection: Dung Beetles The male dung beetle flies about looking for large herds of mammals to find fresh dung. Once located, he begins rolling the dung into a ball. The female in turn looks for the male with the largest pile of dung, and lands on the dung to mate, eat, and lay her eggs. She then buries the ball and the young then hatch from the ball.
- The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Artifact Collection: Ancient Scarab Bead Amulets were objects thought to have magical powers worn by Ancient Egyptians for luck or protection. Scarabs, or dung beetles, were the most common amulet design of Ancient Egypt. The species of beetle represented in ancient Egyptian amulets and works of art was commonly the large sacred scarab (Scarabaeus sacer). Scarab amulets were buried with the dead to ensure the deceased’s safe transport to the Afterworld. Among the living, scarabs were worn as protective amulets and used as seals. Amulets were worn by both wealthy and poor in the form of necklaces, bracelets and rings.