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Dor beetle - swimming or drowning

Observed: 7th April 2012 By: apm299
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Dor beetle
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A dor beetle, bubbling nicely, on the top of the water. I must confess, I stood and watched it awhile, appreciating its skill on the water, only later considering that the poor thing might well be drowning not swimming. Are they known for their prowess on top of the water?

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No, they are not adept

No, they are not adept swimmers. Dung beetles, Aphodius in particular, do seem to get themselves stuck in puddles more than you would expect if they were landing randomly.