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Why isn't the world covered in poop? - Eleanor Slade and Paul Manning

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Comment by Jeff Kiehne on April 1, 2018 at 8:55

In India they showed a dairy farmer collecting the manure  and putting in a methane generator  to use for house hold cooking gas .

Comment by Lissa on April 1, 2018 at 4:31

Short but happy life :)

Comment by Dave Riley on March 31, 2018 at 18:03

Be careful what you wish for.

The average lifespan of dung beetles is 3 to 5 years, depending on the species.

You'll probably need to include a Plan B...

Comment by Lissa on March 31, 2018 at 5:35

If I get reincarnated perhaps I'll come back as a dung beetle. Unsung hero of the soil and planet.

Comment by Dave Riley on March 30, 2018 at 18:28

"They found that sheep dung is used by at least six native species (Onthophagus atrox, O. australis, O. capella, O. chepara, O. dandalu, O. granulatus) and four introduced species (Onthophagus gazella , Euoniticellus africanus, E. intermedius, Onitis pecuarius). "

Comment by Lissa on March 28, 2018 at 5:10

Fascinating stuff, including the info on dung beetles introduced to Australia.

Comment by Dave Riley on March 27, 2018 at 22:10
I wondered about that. But on checking, Australia has more than 500 species of native dung beetles and 23 species of dung beetles introduced from Hawaii, Africa and southern Europe.

The locals evolved with the marsupials, and are not adapted to use and disperse cattle dung effectively.

Of the many species introduced, 20 had failed to establish and much funding has been withdrawn from the main project.

Australia’s tropical and sub-tropical cattle grazing areas are served by 7-13 species of dung burying beetles, but temperate pastures have fewer than four or five species.

If you are keen, you can buy your own supply of Dung Beetles suited to your soil type -- but if you treat your stock for parasites, you 'll kill off the beetles too.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 27, 2018 at 21:12
Super cool film! In Aus dung beetles which can handle cattle poop were imported. Not sure how successfully since we're still plagued by flies in country areas.
Comment by Elaine de Saxe on March 27, 2018 at 18:29
Or dead bodies ;-)

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