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Finding Beauty In Dung

Today on Fresh Air, host Terry Gross interviews Douglas Emlen, professor of biology at the University of Montana. Emlen has devoted his life to an unlikely creature: the dung beetle. And deep in the wild beetle underworld, he has found natural beauty. These close-up photos of scarabs, taken by Emlen and other scientists, reveal rather pretty little critters. (And sometimes not so little — rhinoceros beetles can measure up to several inches!) Listen to the interview here.

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By Claire O'Neill

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