Scarabs (Dung Beetles)
Scarabs are found on every part of the world, except the ocean, and Antarctica, and there are about 7500 species
Milky way Navigation
Dung Down Under
Initially, many of the new species died of unusual complications as their leg joints would swell up, and they could not feed. Research revealed the scarabs were originally cleaned so well that the mites hidden in the leg joints were removed. These mites naturally helped keep out infection.
The cane toads invasive population explosion has created a major natural biodiversity crisus, and the Australian authorities seem powerless to take action.
Also imported into Australia, is the african dungbeetle, in about 1965. With cattle producing excessive volumes of dung, flies and disease became a serious concern. It became enevitable that the toads would have an effect on dungbeetles, and they would simply wait near a fresh cow pie, and catch the dungbeetles as they flew in. It is known that a cane toad has eaten 150 beetles in just one sitting.