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January 2023 Bug Box (Nocturnal Dung Beetle)

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Did you miss the Scarabaeus satyrus-themed Bug Box? A few more Deluxe boxes are available now, featuring:

  • Scarab top view pin
  • Scarab top view iron-on patch
  • Scarab in flight sticker
  • Beetles & balls sticker sheet
  • Scarab & dung ball spinning pin
  • Scarab & dung ball stamping kit
  • Magnetic fact card

The Nocturnal Dung Beetle makes the most of a common resource few others want! All dung beetles survive on the juices of animal feces. Some, like S. satyrus, roll up balls and stash them in protective burrows. Females also lay their eggs on carefully stored balls, providing food for their young until they emerge from the burrow as adults.

But it’s a tough world out there, and even this insect has competitors - including other kinds of dung beetles (and even rivals of the same species), so S. satyrus has evolved some amazing adaptations to avoid drama. It becomes active at sunset when rival species are ending their day. After collecting fresh dung, it climbs its ball and spins around to survey the sky. Using the moon, polarized light, and even the Milky Way, it can navigate in an almost straight line back to its home burrow.

This incredible creature is one of few animals and the only known insect to navigate with the light of our galaxy.

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