30 May 2014

The gentle art of the flightless dung beetle

When you drive around the Addo Elephant National Park there are signs on the road warning that the dung beetles have the right of way and you had better believe it.  They are often seen scurrying along the road looking for nice fresh piles of elephant or buffalo dung to make their balls.

It was interesting watching this guy make his dung ball from scratch, carefully breaking off pieces of dung and compacting them into the right shape.

King of his "castle"

If you want more information on these fascinating creatures click here for a post I did on them in 2008.


Sallie (FullTime-Life) said...

Amazing creature and amazing to know it is valued enough to rate the right of way sign. I love knowing this. And really enjoyed learning about the beetle from this and your earlier post.. Thanks for linking to it.

Stewart M said...

Splendid beetle!

Some sort of this beetle were introduced here to deal with all the sheep dung and associated flies!

Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

Jonker Fourie said...

The Flightless Dungbeetle is really special. Wish more people would look out for them