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Monday, July 17, 2006

Ode to the Dung Beetles.

This post is inspired by the love some people feel for the industrious

Dung Beetle.
To the forefront of this movement is none other than our old buddy;

e click on this link for a good laugh, promise you'll like it.


Old Horse Tail Snake.

I herby dedicate the "Ode to the Dung
Beetle" to Hoss and hope he may spend
many happy hours enjoying it.

Some little known facts about dung beetles.

Dung beetles belong to the scarabaeidae family

of beetles. There are 4,500 species worldwide,

with most found in Africa where they have evolved with large
herbivores such as buffalo
and elephants.

Dung beetles are strong fliers and can fly several kilometres
in one flight. Species fly either during daylight hours
(day fliers) or at dusk
and dawn (night fliers). They can
detect dung
from a considerable distance following the odour
plume to the
They fly to fresh dung once

they have depleted their
When stocking rates are low

or cattle are regularly moved
beetles may need to fly
distances to find
fresh dung.

Adult dung beetles make an

underground nest at the end
of their
tunnels. Most species
mould dung
into individual
brood balls in which
one egg

is laid.
Other species make
a longer sausage of dung in which two or
three eggs may be laid.

Larvae hatch from the eggs and feed on the dung in the brood
When larval growth is completed the larva pupates and
a new adult
emerges and digs up to the soil surface. The time
between egg
laying and adult emergence can vary from one
month to a year or
more depending on species.

Hoss probably knew all this stuff but I’ll bet the rest of you
are just enthralled!!

The song was written and performed by Peter Denahy
Peter is a prolific writer of comedic country based songs here
Australia the graphic shows some of Peters work.

I must also pass on my thanks to fellow blogger Meow, who
came to my aid when I was unable to load this song, for any
of you who have not paid a visit to her site I recommend it


Trucker Bob said...

Ol' Hoss will be in "hog heaven" with this one.

Great jokes on the previous post!

Raggedy said...

Dung Dung Dung Beetles. I think one Dung Beetle fan is enough..lol
The song would not load for me.
Maybe you could post the lyrics?
Have a wonderful day!
(=':'=) meow hugs
(")_ (")Š from da Raggedy one

Miss Cellania said...

Peter, you dung good.

Marti said...

Wow (I think LOL)

I'm sure Hoss will be thrilled *giggle*

Hope you have a great day!

Jamie Dawn said...

Old Hoss wil LOVE this post!!!
I didn't know about dung beetles being such great flyers. Flying dung! Holy Sh!t! :)

As for the hippo in your previous post, I'd say her bum would look big in ANYthing!! I know I have a wide behind, so I don't even ask the question. And, I certainly would not put my wide bohunkus in a teeny bikini.

Meow said...

Hi Peter, fun post, I didn't know all that about the dung beetle. Incredible critter, really, but why they want to eat s**t is beyond me !!! Did you get the YouTube video I sent you which shows them doing just that ???
Hope you have a wonderful week.
Take care, Meow

OldHorsetailSnake said...

Well, yeah, but you didn't need to take all the mystery out of their lives.

I never woulda told that sometimes they gotta wait a year to hatch. That sorta sneaks up on elephants.

Laurie said...

I knew Hoss would love this one!

bornfool said...

Now I know more about the dung beetle than I ever thought possible. Hoss isn't the only authority now.

Val said...

I really AM enthralled with all that info - great post! Interesting and entertaining. As for the song...marvellous!

Hale McKay said...

This post is a sequel to that Sh***y post a while back, right?

Jim said...

I learned somethings here. I've never seen a dung beetle, I don't think we have them here.
Maybe the cow cranes eat them all.

Lightning Bug's Butt said...

They can
detect dung from a considerable distance...

Hey, who can't?

Zinnia said...

We live in an amazing world!

Carolyn said...

Neat song! And a well dung post too, Peter, lol!!