Thursday, August 24, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

Dung beetles navigate via the Milky Way

Posted on Friday, 25 January, 2013 | Comment icon 19 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: Dewet @ Flickr

 
In a world first, dung beetles are thought to use our own Milky Way galaxy to orient themselves.

Once a beetle has rolled up its ball of dung there is an urgency to navigate the ball away from the pile so that other beetles don't come and steal it. Previously it was thought that the beetles used the moon to help navigate themselves in a straight line, but when researchers observed that they were still able to do this when the moon wasn't visible in the sky it was determined that something else was helping to orient them.

What the team found was that the beetles were able to use the bright strip of the Milky Way to navigate, the only species known to do so. "This is a complicated navigational feat - it's quite impressive for an animal that size," said biologist Eric Warrant. Scientists have now speculated that if beetles can do this, other species such as moths might also be capable of navigating in the same way.

"To show that the beetles were focusing on the Milky Way, the team moved the table into the Johannesburg Planetarium, and found that the beetles could orient equally well under a full starlit sky as when only the Milky Way was present."

  View: Full article

 Source: National Geographic


  Discuss: View comments (19)

   


 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #10 Posted by QuiteContrary on 26 January, 2013, 7:22
"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!
Comment icon #11 Posted by ashven on 26 January, 2013, 9:53
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
Comment icon #12 Posted by KainFall on 26 January, 2013, 16:57
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
Comment icon #13 Posted by KainFall on 26 January, 2013, 16:58
EVEN ASPECTRAL LOCATIONS of Beings of sorts or even CLouds Of aspectraled Degrees beyond aquatured understanding.. The Medial BrainSplasm of this Endeavor
Comment icon #14 Posted by EllJay on 26 January, 2013, 17:21
"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? I imagine that, amongst dung beetles, is the only environment such a pickup line would carry any weight.
Comment icon #15 Posted by King Cobra 1408 on 26 January, 2013, 19:05
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!!!
Comment icon #16 Posted by andy hair candy on 26 January, 2013, 19:50
just because they live in **** doesnt mean they wouldnt make excellent guides
Comment icon #17 Posted by glorybebe on 27 January, 2013, 6:24
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.
Comment icon #18 Posted by nohands on 3 February, 2013, 9:19
wow nice!!! hmmmmm maybe those bugs have ESP or that they are just evolve to that certain hobbit of following line (invisible lines )
Comment icon #19 Posted by Malaria_Kidd on 4 February, 2013, 17:34
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.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

5972903
257054
168928

 
Extinct toothless dwarf dolphin unveiled
8-23-2017
Scientists have identified an extinct species of mini-dolphin that lived over 30 million years ago.
Toyota has patented a 'cloaking device'
8-23-2017
The car manufacturer is aiming to use a form of cloaking technology to improve driver visibility.
Extinction asteroid caused an 18-month winter
8-23-2017
Scientists have revealed the immense destructiveness of the asteroid that wiped out the dinosaurs.
'Orange UFO' sighted over Somerset, England
8-22-2017
The peculiar aerial phenomenon was captured on camera by Jeremy Le Fevre on Saturday evening.
Other news in this category
Rare white 'spirit moose' filmed in Sweden
Posted 8-15-2017 | 7 comments
The incredibly rare moose was captured on camera by councilman Hans Nilsson in Sweden's Varmland county....
 
Goldfish are able to create their own alcohol
Posted 8-14-2017 | 10 comments
Scientists have discovered how goldfish are able to survive for months in ice-covered ponds and lakes....
 
New species of snake discovered in the UK
Posted 8-7-2017 | 11 comments
The find brings the total number of distinct snake species in the British Isles from three to four....
 
'Zombie virus' causes caterpillars to explode
Posted 8-4-2017 | 16 comments
A peculiar virus has been causing caterpillars in the UK to incinerate themselves in bright sunlight....
 
Great white shark bites underwater camera
Posted 8-3-2017 | 3 comments
A new science video has revealed what the view is like inside the mouth of a gargantuan great white....
 
Conjoined bat twins discovered in rainforest
Posted 7-28-2017 | 2 comments
The extremely rare find is one of only a few examples of conjoined twins ever seen outside of humans....
 
Giant black swan once roamed New Zealand
Posted 7-26-2017 | 4 comments
Scientists have found evidence of a huge, hulking semi-flightless swan that went extinct 500 years ago....
 
New species of giant sunfish discovered
Posted 7-24-2017 | 6 comments
Marine researcher Marianne Nyegaard has identified the first new species of sunfish in over 130 years....
 
Water bears could survive the apocalypse
Posted 7-16-2017 | 14 comments
Scientists have identified a microscopic species capable of surviving almost any cataclysmic event....
 
Ants build towers out of their own bodies
Posted 7-15-2017 | 4 comments
A new study has revealed the amazing way in which fire ants cling together to form living towers....
 
Sea spiders pump blood using their guts
Posted 7-11-2017 | 1 comment
With bodies consisting almost entirely of legs, these undersea arthropods are truly bizarre creatures....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ