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Thermal video of a dung beetle rolling on hot soil

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Published on Oct 22, 2012

Infrared thermography shows that during each rolling phase, the surface temperature of the beetles' front legs (protibia) increases by as much as 10°C and then decreases again when the beetle is on the ball.

Reproduced from Current Biology 22, Jochen Smolka, Emily Baird, Marcus J. Byrne, Basil el Jundi, Eric J. Warrant, Marie Dacke, Dung beetles use their dung ball as a mobile thermal refuge, Pages 863-864, Copyright (2012), with permission from Elsevier. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.cub.2012....

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