Entomologist Dr. Art Evans and 88.9 WCVE producer Steve Clark discuss a case of fecal mimicry involving a South African dung beetle and the nut-like seed of rush-like plant.
Photo: The antelope dung pellet (left) is the apparent model for the odiferous seeds of the South African restiad, Ceratocaryum argentum (middle). Looking and smelling like antelope dung, the plant’s seeds are dispersed and buried by the dung beetle, Epirinus flagellatus (right). Midgley et al. / Nature Plants 2015.