What is a Dung Beetle?

Dung beetles are biologically classified as members of the order Coleoptera which includes all true beetles. They have rounded features and hardened forewings that usually have pronounced, parallel ridges. Their front legs are often modified for digging. Most dung beetles have a shiny appearance and may be black, brown, or green in color. These creatures tend to be on the smaller side, rarely larger than 1.5 inches, however some dung beetles can grow to be over three inches long! ~ Read the full article by PSS graduate student Jordyn Bush here!

Dung beetle photo taken in Taiwan, Allomyrina dichotoma. Credit: Frantisek Bacovsky