Olfactory ecology

Tribe, G. D. ; Burger, B. V. (2011)

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INTRODUCTION: As the morning sky over Zululand begins to lighten, and before the intense heat of the sun's rays breaks through the morning mist, the air is filled with the sound of flying dung beetles as they begin to search for dung voided during the night. As the day progresses, waves of dung beetles arrive at the rhino middens, which eventually teem with hundreds of beetles of many species. Out of this melee, several dung beetles are seen rolling away balls of dung to which a female clings. But how do the beetles find ephemeral and patchy dung resources - and, when they arrive at the dung, how do they find conspecific mates?

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