Dung Beetle

dung beetle

There are approximately 300 native species of dung beetle in Australia. They feed on the dung of vertebrates but the part of the dung they feed on is dependant on the stage of the life cycle that they are in. Adult dung beetles extract fluid from the dung by squeezing it with their mouthparts, while the larvae feed on the dung itself (consuming fluids with the solids) by cutting and chewing it with their mouthparts. No other food source is required by either larvae or adult.