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Been There, Dung That

Are there really flesh-eating scarab beetles, or is it a movie myth? Just what are dung beetles doing with all the poop they gather in big balls? These are a few of the questions that biologist Mary Liz Jameson answers on this fun-filled podcast.

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Topic Time
Intro 00:00
Are there flesh-eating scarab beetles? [Movie Myth or Real?] 01:46
The size of scarab beetles - small and large. [Hercules and Goliath beetles] 02:59
How many species of beetles are there? 03:40
Beetles as pollinators. 03:55
Importance of beetles. 04:31
Where do you find beetles and what do they feed on? 04:56
Scarab beetle balls of dung.[Egyptian mythology and scarab beetles] 06:00
Life cycle of scarab beetles. 07:53
What do the beetles use the dung balls for? 09:25
How long have you been studying beetles and are there new ones you discovered? 10:14
Scarab beetle jewelry. 11:42
Strength of cuticle [Chitin] of a beetle. 12:37
Insects as food - cool food for your next pot-luck. 13:12
Insect recipes. [Yummy Hummers and Chocolate Covered Crispies] 15:37
Insectarium - Montreal - sampling of insect foods. 20:35
Three questions. 21:22
When did you first know you wanted to be a scientist? 21:45
What would you be if you could not be a scientist? 21:31
When did you first know you wanted to be a writer? 23:57
Advice for young female scientists? [keeping women in science] 25:30
Sign-off 28:15

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Been There, Dung That

Audio editor: CJ Kazilek

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