Sunday Sketch: Dung Beetle Navigation

In addition to birds, seals, and humans, the nocturnal dung beetle (Scarabaeus satyrus) uses the stars as orientation and navigational cues. The dung beetles may not be able to discriminate between individual stars, but can use clumps of bright stars and the Milky Way for nocturnal migration.

SS-KChudeau DungBeetle

Sketch and fact contributed by Karli Chudeau

Source: Dacke, M., Baird, E., Byrne, M., Scholtz, C.H., & Warrant, E.J. (2013). Dung beetles use the milky way for orientation. Current Biology, 23, 298-300. DOI:10.1016/j.cub.2012.12.034

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