This post is inspired by the love some people feel for the industrious
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
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 dung.
They fly to fresh dung once
they have depleted their
When stocking rates are low
or cattle are regularly moved
dung beetles may need to fly
considerable distances to find
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
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
balls. 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
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