High visibility jackets

High visibility jackets

High visibility jackets

Gaborone game reserve, Botswana 2020


I have always been intrigued by small things, the wildlife that goes largely unnoticed. These species often have amazing and complex stories to tell, and even more important jobs. One of these species is this Tiny Green Dung Beetle (Gymnopleurus humanus), a species with one of the dirtiest jobs. These hard workers are more complex than they may initially appear, even having the power to navigate by the Milky Way. This makes them the first known species to do so. The tiny insects can orient themselves to the bright stripe of light generated by the galaxy, and then move in a line relative to it.


It is hardly surprising that the ancient Egyptians revered these beautiful bugs, they believed a dung beetle rolled the sun through the sky as if it were a giant ball of dung. While dung beetles may not roll up the sun, their dung balls serve a vital important in their life. These beautiful Dung beetles pack the dung into tight balls, then roll it away, eventually burying it in the ground. This ball could be used as a food source, or as a brood ball, a place for female dung beetles to lay their eggs in.


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