Wet and bulky cattle dung is very unlike marsupial dung that Australian dung beetles are adapted to deal with, meaning native dung beetles tend to leave it alone. But help from abroad is at hand.
A new study finds 70% of Amazonian dung beetles were killed by the severe fire and droughts of 2015 to 2016. By spreading seeds and poop, dung beetles fertilize forests and aid regrowth of vegetation.
New evidence boosts the idea that species with males who compete for mates adapt faster to changing circumstances.
Dung beetles are largely invisible. And yet without their vital activities, the world would have a lot more faeces in it.
New research shows the insects use the brightness of different stars to work out which direction to go.
How can the same basic genome produce such different forms in the two sexes of a single species? It turns out one gene can encode for various things, depending on the order its instructions are read.
A tall grass-like plant in the Western Cape has managed to dupe dung beetles into rolling and spreading its seeds.
Dung beetles have been cleaning up the planet for at least 65 million years. The 6000 species across the world have adapted to a life at the back end of the food chain in the most remarkable ways.