Lowly Dung Beetles Are Insect Astronomers


Even the humble dung beetle, its life spent barely an inch above the ground, pushing balls of waste, steers by starlight.

“Dung steered by the stars,” as my longtime friend Steve said.

Or, as Oscar Wilde wrote in “Lady WIndermere’s Fan”:

DUMBY. I don’t think we are bad. I think we are all good, except Tuppy.

LORD DARLINGTON. No, we are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.

8 thoughts on “Lowly Dung Beetles Are Insect Astronomers

  1. rick neece

    The lowly dung beetle
    No crown for his head.

    Don’t ask, came to me.
    Comes with a tune.

    I’m thinking.
    Wondering why most sculptures of
    “Reaching for the Stars” are
    But awful they are.
    Mostly they don’t convey the reach,
    I think.

  2. rick neece

    Dont ask how I pieced this together, but th7s photo remins me of the trailer for “star trek into darkness” I saw this sfternoon. Sent via my android (still cant taptype worf a dam)

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