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.