Sunday, December 4, 2016
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in

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:

5824268
263503
164274

 
Could alien life thrive on brown dwarf stars?
12-4-2016
Extrasolar planets may not be the only place where it is possible to find signs of extraterrestrial life.
Buzz Aldrin is evacuated from Antarctica
12-4-2016
The Apollo 11 astronaut fell ill just after becoming the oldest person ever to visit the South Pole.
Giant air-breathing fish found in the Amazon
12-3-2016
A new species of the mysterious arapaima has been discovered in the remote backwaters of the Amazon.
Two new video clips show alleged thylacines
12-3-2016
The Thylacine Awareness Group of Australia has released two new clips recorded using a trail camera.
Other news in this category
Giant air-breathing fish found in the Amazon
Posted 12-3-2016 | 3 comments
A new species of the mysterious arapaima has been discovered in the remote backwaters of the Amazon....
 
Coconut crab is world's strongest crustacean
Posted 11-25-2016 | 1 comment
The huge terrestrial crab species can exert a pinching force greater than any other crustacean on Earth....
 
Dodo skeleton sells at auction for $430,000
Posted 11-24-2016 | 8 comments
The specimen is the first near-complete dodo skeleton to go up for sale at auction in almost a century....
 
World's tallest tropical tree discovered
Posted 11-15-2016 | 6 comments
A tree measuring a whopping 309ft tall has been identified alongside 49 other runners-up in Borneo....
 
Bizarre creature filmed on the ocean floor
Posted 11-9-2016 | 24 comments
An extremely peculiar creature with a bulbous transparent head has been spotted by a diver in Bali....
 
Aging bonobos need reading glasses to groom
Posted 11-8-2016 | 4 comments
Scientists studying bonobos reveal that it is not only humans who suffer from diminishing eyesight....
 
Giant snowballs appear along Siberian coast
Posted 11-6-2016 | 4 comments
An unusual natural phenomenon in Siberia has covered an 11-mile stretch of beach with huge snowballs....
 
Mystery surrounds rise of two-headed sharks
Posted 11-4-2016 | 24 comments
Scientists have reported an unexplained rise in the number of sharks being found with two heads....
 
58% of wildlife wiped out over last 40 years
Posted 10-28-2016 | 73 comments
If things don't change soon the ongoing decline is likely to reach two-thirds by the end of the decade....
 
Huge 14lb lobster caught off Bermuda coast
Posted 10-25-2016 | 11 comments
The gigantic crustacean was caught just one day after Hurricane Nicole swept through the area....
 
The Great Barrier Reef is not quite dead yet
Posted 10-16-2016 | 4 comments
Scientists have criticized news reports claiming that the world's largest coral reef had 'passed away'....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com © 2001-2015
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ