Floridian Nature

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Floridian Nature Videos (2)

I doubt anyone in Florida works as hard as the dung beetle. They come in a variety of colors, from dull and glossy black to metallic green like this one in our video. Even though dung beetles are small they are hard workers and are capable of moving dung (manure) much larger than they are. In fact one dung beetle can bury dung that is 250 times heavier than itself in one night.

Ancient Egyptians thought very highly of the dung beetle, also known as the scarab and believed the dung beetle kept the Earth revolving like a giant ball of dung, linking the insect to Khepri, the Egyptian god of the rising sun.

Dung beetles are one of the few groups of insects that exhibit parental care for their young. In most cases, the mother constructs the nest and provisions it with food for her young,  but in certain species, both parents share child care duties to some degree.