Dung Beetle Rolling Poop

By | August 19, 2019

My photo of a Dung Beetle rolling poop may gross you out but they play an important role. They enhance nutrient recycling and soil structure when burying and consuming dung. They are also good for dispersing seeds that are sometimes present in animal poop.

Dung Beetle Rolling Poop
Dung Beetle Rolling Feces

After making a ball out of the poop they will roll it in a straight line. It’s amazing how they can do this despite all obstacles.

I read that not all Dung Beetles roll poop. Some are tunnelers which bury the dung wherever they find it. A third type, the dwellers, neither roll nor burrow: they live in manure.

In case you were wondering they do eat the poop and they will use it in the nest to feed its young.

How I Got The Shot – Dung Beetle Rolling Poop

Once again I came across something interesting to photograph while mowing my yard. I wrote two blog posts about Toads I found while mowing (Fowler’s Toad Up Close and Dwarf American Toad).

My camera is ready for these occasions near the front door of my house.

I got low to the ground hand holding my Fujifilm X-T3 Camera with a Canon EF 100-400 mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II lens attached with a Fringer EF-FX Pro.

Camera Settings

  • AV Mode
  • Back-button Focus
  • Auto White Balance
  • Multi Metering
  • Single Point, Continuous Auto Focus
  • Aperture f8
  • ISO 1600
  • Shutter speed 1/500 of a second
  • .07 exposure value
  • Focal Length 400 mm

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