Meet Dewey Dung Beetle, saved from a watery "death by pool" last week by .... Madly Snapping ME!
Dung beetles occur on every continent except Antarctica
They live 3 to 5 years
One dung beetle can bury 250 times its own weight in a night.
Most of our Dung Beetles are black and shiny, this one is iridescent green and I thought he was lovely. (hubby did not)
a small 1.5 Kg pile of Elephant dung on the African savannah attracted 16 000 dung beetles of various shapes and sizes, who between them had eaten and or buried that dung completely in just two hours (remember I said everything has a purpose)
Most of you may shudder and say Yuck! but this little guy was created by God for a purpose. that is to move Dung. He/She has a Purpose in Life. We are so quick to judge by appearances, and he is just what he was meant to be. *Facts were taken from ThaiBugs
The rollers establish a pair bond. They usually meet in the dung pat. The male offers the female a giant-sized brood ball which if accepted, they roll away together, or with the female riding on the ball. During this time, other beetles often attempt to steal the ball. They find a soft place and bury the ball before mating - mostly underground. The male then leaves to find further partners. The female of this species makes a brood 'pear' or 'pears' and lays a single egg in each. She then coats the pear with an antiseptic mixture of dung, saliva and faeces to seal it in a case which hardens solid. Unusual in insects, this species exhibits the highest level of parental care seen in an insect. She stays with the ball and her grub for two months, cleaning it and removing its faeces, fungi and bacteria.
OK, so you don't feel warm and fuzzy. I just thought it is a good story about a pretty green beetle.