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Dung deal

Duration: 01:00

Before fresh dung has time to cool, the antenna of the dung beetle picks up its scent. Flying directly to the dung, the males quickly take their share and use the dung to attract a mate. The bigger the ball of dung the better the male's chances. A female will lay her eggs in the dung and bury the ball underground. The dung is then food for the grubs when they hatch.

Available since: Wed 27 May 2009


Fergal KEANE
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Alastair MACEWEN

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Andes to Amazon AMAZON JUNGLE

5/6 5th of a 6 part series exploring the wildlife & wild places of South America. Explores the difficulties faced by animals in the lush Amazon rainforest.

First broadcast: 11 Dec 2000

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