Hercules and Sisyphus!

20141025 - CS2_9175 - E

Dung Beetles are one of most fascinating family of creatures in creation. Strong as Hercules and persistent as Sisyphus they are one of the favorites of Thanda younger guests. Rolling huge dung balls these beetles are very powerful (compare to their body weight) and they can be most persistent when moving their ball up a hill. Even after many unsuccessful attempts to conquer an incline they will not give up. A very determined and tough member of nature’s cleanup crew. They possess exceptional dung disposal capacity. Many species of dung beetles, known as rollers, roll dung into round balls, which are then used as a food source or as brooding chambers.

Picture by Christian Sperka – Specialist Photography Guide and Resident Wildlife Photographer – Thanda Private Game Reserve

Never miss a message from Thanda! Sign up to the Thanda Blog and receive an email with every new post – https://thandablog.com/follow-the-blog/ and/or sign up to our Newsletter – http://www.thanda.com/newsletter-sign-up/the-newsletter.htm