The dung beetle
displays unique activity, gaining its nutrition from animal droppings. After finding such a source, the beetle shapes a small
amount into a ball, the size of a pea. This ball then is rolled to a private location for consumption or burial for a later
Many species of dung beetles are nocturnal, navigating by night flight. Researchers are
studying the advanced optics of these insects. Like bees, moths, and other beetles, the dung variety has compound eyes with
multiple lenses. Furthermore there is evidence that the dung beetle has full-color night-vision. In near-total darkness it
is able to avoid obstacles in flight, escape predators, and find a mate.
We may smile at the unpleasant daily activity of the lowly dung beetle. However, it’s
advanced optics show us God’s detailed care for even the smallest creatures. As a side benefit we find practical, new
technology which was planned long ago for our eventual discovery and benefit. ReferencePhillips, Helen. 2010. Night sight NewScientist 205(2742):44-47.