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The Navigation Professionals

Posted on 29 July 2019

A new study has found that dung beetles are very clever when it comes to navigating their surroundings. 

The researchers behind the study, who were led by scientist Marie Dacke, discovered that dung beetles use the wind as a guide when sunlight isn’t available. They detect changes in wind direction to help themselves move towards their chosen location, which is impressive considering the fact their brains are the size of sesame seeds. 

In the past, Dacke also found out that certain nocturnal dung beetle species used moonlight to get around or even the light of the Milky Way when they couldn’t use the moon. She also discovered that species who moved around in the day used the sun to navigate.