Lawn Beetle Collects Clippings, Not Dung

Here’s one beetle most of us would be happy to find in our lawns–the Lawn Beetle. This unique concept design by YunJin Chang of Seoul is a cute little automatic lawn mower equipped both to cut your lawn and bag the clippings, all without you lifting a hand.

Modeled after the dung beetle–that funny little bug known to walk around all day with hind quarters aloft, pushing a ball of its eponymous burden– the Lawn Beetle features blades on its bottom powered by solar panels on its top.  Clipped grass is collected in a glass bowl, which you can remove and use as a kind of art-piece, presumably, to amuse your guests until the next time you mow (or simply discard).

Lawn Beetle

image via YunJin Chang

How exactly this little guy is smart enough to sense the boundaries of your lawn and refrain from mowing your neighbor’s property, your garden and landscaping beds is not entirely clear, but still, this is a concept we’d love to see come to life, being that it is almost certainly the cutest lawnmower on record (and that glass ball of lawn clippings would make a fabulous conversation piece).

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Susan DeFreitas has covered all manner of green technology for EarthTechling since 2009. She is a graduate of Prescott College for the Liberal Arts and the Environment, and has a background in marketing green businesses. Her work on green living has been featured in Yes! Magazine, the Utne Reader and Natural Home.


  • Reply January 2, 2011

    Wes Boone

    Place under semi-useless tech. unless you live on a postage stamp and choose to air your clippings. Dung beetle dung…

  • Reply January 3, 2011

    Low Tech Redneck

    How is this an article? “How it works isn’t entirely clear”. The article doesn’t make it even vaguely clear. I’m running a special on a solar powered clothes dryer for $29.95! And I can tell you how it works immediately after purchase 😉

    • Reply January 3, 2011

      Nino Marchetti

      Well – it is a concept. Often those who design concepts don’t flesh out all the details on how things work. We have to work with what we are given 🙂

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