Tiny Dung Beetle Ping-Pongs Up Termite Mound

Clip: Season 40 Episode 3 | 2m 15s | Video has closed captioning.

The mound the termites abandoned might not look much of a threat, but to a dung beetle, it’s a mountain whose slopes are covered with pitfall traps. A dung beetle is a walnut-sized package of determination, but he is also upside down pushing backwards so he can’t see where he is going.

Aired: 11/03/21

Rating: NR

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