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Straight lines from coloured skys

Over the last few years, the concerted work of the Lund vision group has given us a great insight into the mechanisms of orientation that allow the plucky little dung beetle to roll his ball in a straight line. These beetles are able to use a range of orientation information from the sky (sun, moon, polarisation, even the milky way) and now a new cue is shown to provide orientation information for beetles. The sky has a chromatic gradient and beetles are shown to use such a gradient in order to roll their dung balls in a straight line.

Basil el Jundi, James J. Foster, Marcus J. Byrne, Emily Baird, Marie Dacke (2015) Spectral information as an orientation cue in dung beetles. Biology Letters, doi: 10.1098/rsbl.2015.0656

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