Beetles, Pacific Northwest
Dung Beetle are a group of beetles in the family Scarabaeidae, insect order Coleoptera. They are important insects that help dramatically with the decomposition of animal manure. There are several different species; some live in woodlands and others dwell in pastures, some live in dog manure. They are a great help in aerating soil and adding nutrients to the ground.
Adult Dung Beetles range in size from 2 to over 50 mm in length. Most of these beetles are dark brown or black but a few have bright patterns or metallic colors.
Once they find nice fresh dung, they separate a piece from the pile and either begin to eat it on the spot, or start rolling it away.
These amazing beetles burrow into the dung and build a ball of dung and soil. When they arrive at their designated homestead, they dig a tunnel, roll the dung ball down inside it and store it away for later.