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A dung beetle (Scarabaeus nigroaeneus) performing an orientation dance on top of its ball. During the dance, a dung beetle climbs on top of its ball and performs a series of rotations, before starting to roll its ball. This dance behaviour allows the beetles to compensate for disturbances to their straight-line rolling path, suggesting that it plays an important role in dung beetle orientation behaviour. Photo reproduced by permission of Emily Baird, Lund, Sweden. Ethology 119

Article first published online: 29 OCT 2013 | DOI: 10.1111/eth.12151

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