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Last Interglacial temperate landscape
2014-03-04 05:28:14

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Analysis of fossilized dung beetles has revealed that prehistoric temperate ecosystems were comprised not just of dense forest, but a mosaic of closed forest and wood-pasture vegetation, according to new research appearing in the March 3 edition of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In the study, researchers from the Aarhus University Department of Bioscience and Natural History Museum Aarhus reviewed decades of...

Dung Beetles Use Milky Way For Nocturnal Navigation
2013-01-24 14:35:18

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online Back before technology emerged into everyone's pockets, sailors used the stars as their GPS system when navigating the seven seas. While that way of navigation is a little outdated for humans, it´s still a modern technology for dung beetles. Scientists wrote in the journal Current Biology about how dung beetles guide their way through even the darkest of nights by the soft glow of the Milky Way in the sky. Researchers say...

2012-12-19 15:29:16

After metamorphosis European forest cockchafers benefit from the same bacterial symbionts housed during their larval stage. Apart from the common European cockchafer (Melolontha melolontha), the European forest cockchafer (Melolontha hippocastani) is the most common species of the Melolontha genus. These insects can damage huge areas of broadleaf trees and conifers in woodlands and on heaths. Cockchafers house microbes in their guts that help them to digest their woody food, such as...

Beetles Keep Their Cool With Dung
2012-10-23 04:41:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online The next time the thermostat hits the triple digits outside, instead of paying a high electric bill for the month, take a page out of the dung beetle's playbook and try cooling off with some fresh feces instead. Researchers have discovered that dung beetles use their dung balls to keep themselves cool as they push a weight of up to 50 times heavier than their own bodies across the hot sand. "Like an air conditioning unit, the moist...

2012-07-26 23:00:56

RESCUE!® Japanese & Oriental Beetle Trap catches beetles that destroy lawns and ornamentals and cost millions in damaged property Spokane, WA (PRWEB) July 26, 2012 Gardeners are reporting this may be the worst Japanese and Oriental beetle season in years due to the mild winter and warm spring. These destructive beetles invade gardens and lawns, eating leaves, roots and blooms on everything from trees to prized roses and turfgrass while costing homeowners millions in property...

2012-05-29 10:02:49

New research from Lund University in Sweden reveals the value of carrying two layers of wings around. The researchers studied dung beetles and the way their protective forewings actually function. These wings do not only protect but also help the beetles to lift off from the ground — albeit at a cost. The forewings of beetles, the elytra, are hardened structures which protect the insect's flying wings and body. The function of the forewings in flight has been questioned, which is...

2012-03-06 10:21:38

Many livestock producers are unaware that herd management practices influence the effectiveness of dung beetles Dung beetles are important to healthy cattle pasture ecosystems as they provide for nutrient recycling, removal of waste products from the soil surface and assist in the reduction of pestiferous flies. Numerous exotic dung beetles have been accidentally or intentionally introduced to the North American continent and several of these have become established. In "Indigenous...

Dung Beetles Dance To Provide Crucial Navigation Cues
2012-01-19 13:41:58

The dung beetle dance, performed as the beetle moves away from the dung pile with his precious dung ball, is a mechanism to maintain the desired straight-line departure from the pile, according to a study published in the Jan. 18 issue of the online journal PLoS ONE. The purpose of this dance, in which the beetle climbs to the top of the ball and rotates, had previously been unknown, so the authors of the PLoS ONE study, led by Emily Baird of Lund University in Sweden, investigated the...

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2011-01-10 09:17:10

The humble ginger root could be the key to conserving the UK's largest and most spectacular terrestrial beetle "“ the stag beetle. Ecologists from Royal Holloway, University of London and the University of York have developed a series of new methods to monitor stag beetle numbers "“ including ginger lures to trap adult beetles and tiny microphones to detect sounds made by the larvae in their underground nests. Conservation efforts have been hampered until now because ecologists...

2010-07-12 04:07:00

FREDERICK, Md., July 12 /PRNewswire/ -- American gardeners face frustrating problems with their edible or ornamental gardens. These problems are caused by many different pests. Here are MasterGardening.com's Top 10 garden pests and control tips: 1. Deer. These peaceful animals were tabbed as causing the most widespread damage in a USDA national survey. Clean up all unharvested fruits and vegetables. If you still see signs of deer damage -- torn leaves or bark scraped off trees -- you can...


Latest Scarabaeidae Reference Libraries

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2009-04-28 16:22:53

The South American Scarab Dung Beetle (Oxysternon conspicillatum) is a species of dung beetle of the superfamily Scarabaeoidea. Most Scarab beetles are known as true dung beetles as they feed mainly on feces. Dung beetles live in many different habitats, including desert, farmland, forest, and grasslands. They do not like extremely cold or dry weather. This beetle species is trimorphic (able to produce up to three different types of males). Each male has different forms of body weaponry...

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2005-09-08 11:11:08

PHOTO CAPTION: Goliath Beetle Beetles are one of the main groups of insects. Their order, Coleoptera (meaning "sheathed wing"), has more species than any other order in the entire animal kingdom. Forty percent of all described insect species are beetles (about 350,000 species), and new species are regularly discovered. Estimates put the total number of species at between 5 and 8 million. When J. B. S. Haldane, a British geneticist, was asked what his studies of nature revealed about...

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2005-09-07 20:31:53

The Japanese Beetle (Popillia japonica) is a beetle about 0.6 inches (1.5 cm) long and 0.4 inches (1 cm) wide (smaller in Canada), with shiny copper-colored elytra and a shiny green top of the thorax and head. Although it is not very destructive in Japan, where it is controlled by natural enemies, in America it is a serious pest to rose bushes and other plants. It is a weak flyer and drops several centimeters when it hits a wall. Japanese Beetle traps therefore consist of a pair of crossed...

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