124th U.S. Open

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World's strongest beetle pushes golf ball onto green, might be the key to shooting lower scores

March 24, 2023

If you're a golfer and you've tried a bunch of things to get better (Who hasn't? And actually, we've more than got you covered on that front), you might want to pay attention to the following video. Because it turns out there's a much easier way to improve your game.

Find a beetle. But not just any beetle. A really, really strong beetle. These little critters can easily fit in your golf bag, and apparently, they have the power—and the desire—to move your golf ball closer to the hole. Check out this insane video of one little guy repeatedly pushing a ball until it gets onto the green and rolls down a slope toward the pin:

@golferscotty What is the ruling on this? @pxg @barstoolsports @pgatour @espn ♬ original sound - GolferScotty

Incredible. And great commentary. But seriously, we had no clue a little bug could make that big of an impact. Heck, we had no clue that was even a beetle. In related news, admittedly, we may not have always been paying attention during elementary school science class. And it's been awhile since we watched "Antz."

But from the comments, we now know that it's a dung beetle. And from Wikipedia, we now know that the dung beetle is called the dung beetle because it serves the important function of burying and consuming, you guessed it, dung. And that "improves nutrient recycling and soil structure." So they literally do the dirty work. The more you know, huh?

Moreover, according to NatGeoKids.com, dung beetles are "not only the world's strongest insect," but "the world's strongest animal." And that, "When moving balls of dung, a roller can pull a whopping 1,141 times its own bodyweight—that's the same as a human dragging six full double-decker busses along a road!" Wow.

Now, back to its potential golf purposes. Of course, having an insect or animal purposely move your golf ball is against the rules. And if this happens on the course, you have to put your ball back where it was. Bummer.

But if you're willing to bend those rules—not that we condone that kind of thing—the beauty of the dung beetle is that it's small enough that your opponent might not notice. Anyway, food for thought. The bottom line is dung beetles rule. All hail the dung beetle.