David Attenborough’s Africa: how long can this female beetle keep the ball rolling?

In the sweltering heat of the Sahara desert this resilient beetle battles the effects of the scorching sun in the latest clip from the nature series


Imagine this: you’re in a scorching desert, few signs of life for miles around, but you’ve come across a precious ball of dung – a source of food that could last you for the rest of your life (did I forget to mention you’re also a female beetle?) 


That is exactly what happens tonight on David Attenborough’s Africa, except the sweltering beetle in question has encountered a problem – she must locate a rare moist spot of ground to protect her food supply from the roasting sun overhead. She also has a sand dune or two to contend with. But fear not, this resilient little beetle has a will power second to none…


Africa continues tonight at 9:00pm on BBC1