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Articles tagged Dung Beetles: 4

  • The Dung Beetles of Snowmastodon

    Posted 07/15/2014 by Frank Krell | Comments
    Digging Snowmastodon has not only uncovered an immense number of bones, teeth, and wood, but also less conspicuous fossils, such as fragments of insects, amongst them...dung beetles. What else could we expect? Mammoth, mastodon, ground sloth, camel, and many other large and small mammals populated t…
  • A detective story going back 176 years

    Posted 07/04/2014 by Frank Krell | Comments
    John Witt Randall (1813–1892), great-grandson of Samuel Adams, the American revolutionary patriot, was an art collector (Rembrandt, Dürer, etc.) and poet who in his early years published a few zoological papers in which he described numerous new species of beetles and crustaceans from the United Sta…
  • Making the Cryptic Visible

    Posted 07/01/2014 by Frank Krell | Comments
    When we were out collecting dung beetles from bison dung at the Plains Conservation Center a week ago, by far the most numerous beetles were the red "Europeans". The red-winged Aphodius dung beetle, believed to be an invasive from Europe and having been brought over by the first settlers on their di…
  • Poop theft frozen in time

    Posted 01/12/2011 by Frank Krell | Comments
    Have you ever thought about stealing poop? In the tropics, particularly in Africa, a whole group of dung beetles, the kleptoparasites, have specialized in stealing poop from other dung beetles. In some parts of the African savanna, the poop thieves are the most abundant group of dung beet…
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