Very dirty dancing: Dung beetle’s quick step may inspire future robots

Shall we dance? Researchers say the way dung beetles move could inspire the design of future robots

The dance of the dung beetle has long amused insect watchers.

Now scientists say the way the insects’ move could inspire the design of future robots.

Emily Baird, a researcher from Lund University in Sweden said the beetles use their circular strut as a corrective navigation system when moving dung balls away from the pile.

Ms Baird said: ‘For us it seems the beetles are using this dance to cope with situations when they’ve been disturbed.

‘So they want to roll in a straight line and when they can no longer do that or they fall into a hole, this dance allows them to get their bearings again so that they can keep rolling in a straight line.’

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