Insects Using Feces As An Air Conditioning Approach

Insects Using Feces As An Air Conditioning Approach

How good it is to use some fresh feces of the dung beetle playbook for cooling the temperature out, rather spending our hard-earned money over those huge electricity bills. Confused? Let me explain.

Researchers have recently discovered that dung beetles with the help of their dung balls try and succeed to keep themselves cool. Reason behind this is that no matter how hot the sand is they are capable of pushing a weight of up to 50 times heavier than their own body weight.

As explained by Jochen Smolka from Lund University, the way an air conditioning unit works, similarly the moist ball gets chilled when the cooling gets evaporated.

Before reaching this conclusion, researchers carried out few experiments over the beetles. And as a result they noticed that while crossing hot ground field, beetles were easily able to climb their balls for more than seven times, which is equivalent to the number of times they do the activity on cooler ground.

Such a behavior was noticed by researchers while watching for an `orientation dance' of the beetles. They revealed that it is commonly during the days of peak heat when these insects climbed their balls in a more habitual way.

As written by Prof. Marcus Byrne from University of the Witwatersrand, "The beetles climb on top of their moist balls whenever their front legs and heads overheat".


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