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What have Dung Beetles ever done for us?

October 2, 2018

You’ve seen the various television programmes which show giant beetles wrestling and rolling serious dung balls.  Just imagine what would happen if these recyclers didn’t exist or were wiped out by chemicals.  No, perhaps better not to?  OK, those images are from abroad and show the large species but you get the idea?

Along with fungi and other useful invertebrates dung from mammals including livestock (which hasn’t been drenched with ‘medicines’ as a preventative precaution) is broken down by beetles in the Scarabaeidae family.  This family is represented in Europe by 49 genera with a total of 218 species, 89 of which occur in the British Isles.  Nineteen species are listed in “An Inventory of the Invertebrates of Thorne and Hatfield Moors” (Skidmore 2006) as occurring on Thorne and Hatfield Moors, although bearing in mind this magnus opus was published some twelve years ago the list is likely to have had new species added.

The Executive are pleased to offer places on An Introduction to Dung Beetles Wildlife Training Course with Adrian Dutton * on Friday 26 October 2018, to be held at Moorends Miners Welfare & Community Development Centre.  The purpose of these courses is to introduce local field naturalists and interested members of the public to these invertebrates in order to provide training to assist identification which in turn will contribute data to the T&HMC Forum’s data set of invertebrates.  If you are interested then please contact execsec@thmcf.org  Places are limited so early booking is recommended.  There is no charge but a contribution towards refreshments and a buffet lunch is requested.

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Red Deer dung a good source of nutrition for Aphodius species of dung beetles.

* Adrian can be followed on Twitter as @TBeetles where he describes himself as a ‘Beetler and entomologist’ [Nottinghamshire based] and he is also a ‘blogger’ and can be read at Trent Valley Beetles

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