Dung beetles are some of nature's most helpful scavengers. In the wild and in the barnyard, dung beetles burrow into and digest animal waste, reducing cow patties to nothing in minutes. Up-close photographs take the reader to the heart of the action. The in-depth text provides a step-by-step journey through the dung beetle's life cycle.
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