09 Mar BE THE BALL
“BE THE BALL”
Yes, “be the ball” is an important quote from the classic golf movie, ‘Caddy Shack’, but undoubtedly, it is the mantra of the dung-ball rolling, Dung Beetle.
We golfers could learn a good deal from the, so-called, lowly Dung Beetle (see below). These Scarab beetles, revered in ancient Egypt have the ability to roll balls of dung 50+ times their body weight up hill the equivalent of several kilometers. If it were not for these wondrous Telocoprids, approximately 80% of the world’s animal dung would be left unburied! They are the only animal, other than humans, that are known to use the Milky Way (see below) as a navigation guide!
So, the next time someone calls me a “crappy golfer”, I’ll take it as a compliment…for I am ‘strong and persistant’, ‘worshiped and revered’ as well as ‘important and smart’. I am “Scarabaeus sacer, master of the ball”. FORE!
By Paul D. Bell,
Entomologist and golfer wannabe.