Friday, February 8, 2013

Insect Astronomers

Not really relevant to anything we are talking about right now but I thought this was cool and that some of you might enjoy it.

Lowly Dung Beetles Are Insect Astronomers

Even the humble dung beetle, its life spent barely an inch above the ground, pushing balls of waste, steers by starlight.

This unsuspected navigational mechanism, described Jan. 24 in Current Biology, is likely not limited to the Scarabaeus satyrus examined by the researchers.

Peering through compound eyes into the darkness of night, insects around the world may be guided by stars.

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