Thursday, January 24, 2013

Humans, birds, dung beetles?

Dung beetles. A pretty humble creature - albeit one sacred to some cultures because their rolled balls of dung resemble the sun.

And they always roll their balls in a straight line. During the day, presumably, they use the sun. At night...the moon? But what when there's no moon...

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-21150721

This is the only known instance (so far) of insects using stellar navigation. Pretty cool little guys.