Doug becomes a DadPosted: February 13, 2012
My thanks to Troy for this contribution.
Did you know there are 3 kinds of dung beetles? Rollers, tunnellers and dwellers (Doug is a rock ‘n’ roller).
A roller sculpts a chunk of dung into a ball and rolls his prize away from its initial source. It’s then used for food later on, or the female lays her eggs in it (so the babies won’t starve on birth). A tunneller will fly to find it’s prey, then dive into it and undergo a sub terrain excavation to bury as much of the prize as possible, within an underground tunnel. And my favourite – the dweller, who takes up residence in the dung pile (well, its the eggs that do this. the adult lays their eggs in the dung so that when they hatch they have ample food to get them started). Who could ask for a better home?