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Dung Beetles Navigate Via the Milky Way

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The tiny insects can orient themselves to the bright stripe of light generated by our galaxy, and move in a line relative to it, according to recent experiments in South Africa.

“This is a complicated navigational feat—it’s quite impressive for an animal that size,” said study co-author Eric Warrant, a biologist at the University of Lund in Sweden.

http://newswatch.nat...-kingdom-first/

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I don't even know where the Milky Way is in the sky, so they must be some smart lil' buggers.

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Luke follow the light.

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I always wondered why headlights and lamposts confuse me at night. :passifier:

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That biologist better be careful. Those beetles roll up the stuff his brain is made of.

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This is bullcrap, IMO.

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Weve erased the Milky Way from the sky with light pollution in most places. When I was young it was still bright and beautiful in the sky. Just another way we are destroying the natural beauty of our world IMO.

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I don't even know where the Milky Way is in the sky, so they must be some smart lil' buggers.

I don't know whether to laugh or cry to that statement but we are in the milky-way a section of it.

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I don't even know where the Milky Way is in the sky, so they must be some smart lil' buggers.

Here is a Milky Way-rise. It's spiral core coming in to view.>>>

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is great to see the poor dung beetle getting a bit of credit..

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"Once the beetles sniff out a steaming pile, males painstakingly craft the dung into balls and roll them as far away from the chaotic mound as possible, often toting a female that they have also picked up."

That's one heck of a first date. Wonder what his pickup line is? Actually, I don't want to know.

Bugs Rock!

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Well they were special to the ancient Egyptians and some theorists say they came from the stars.............but i agree with the others,coincidence or nonsense

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If you feel this to be true in your heart.. Then I suspect a good ole hearty Interogation with a dung beetle could be a large source of information for our future in spacial exploration

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EVEN ASPECTRAL LOCATIONS of Beings of sorts or even CLouds Of aspectraled Degrees beyond aquatured understanding.. The Medial BrainSplasm of this Endeavor

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"Once the beetles sniff out a steaming pile, males painstakingly craft the dung into balls and roll them as far away from the chaotic mound as possible, often toting a female that they have also picked up."

That's one heck of a first date. Wonder what his pickup line is? Actually, I don't want to know.

Well, one can speculate though. Maybe something long the lines of -"Hey baby, you wanna roll some s*** with me, huh? :w00t:

I imagine that, amongst dung beetles, is the only environment such a pickup line would carry any weight. ;)

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i should be a beetle lol that's awsome though!animals and insects are a lot smarter than what people think.im not surprise to hear this but its very cool and fascinating to study and read.the beetles deserve credit!!!

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just because they live in **** doesnt mean they wouldnt make excellent guides

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Amazing! The more we find out about the creatures that inhabit this planet with us, the more we will realize that we are not all that special.

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wow nice!!! hmmmmm maybe those bugs have ESP

or that they are just evolve to that certain hobbit of following line (invisible lines

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It's been over 50 years since I've seen the scarab beetle or tumble bug. And that was always on a cattle trail or in a gravel road under a blue sky.

I don't believe their far out finding on how they navigate.

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