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Dung Beetle Facts

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While the narrator in this first video has some issues with what the dung beetle does and how it does it, there’s some great information in here about the life cycle of the dung beetle. Enjoy!

Need something a little more serious? This next video covers how much manure cows produce, (18 kilos = 40 pounds per cow), how dung beetles keep manure nutrients from going into water ways and put them into the soils for us instead and how dung beetles improve soil structure, soil fertility, and soil all while saving farmers a lot of money.

The video points out that since different species of dung beetles work at different times of the year, and at different soil depths, you’ll want to check out your pastures to find out what you have and what species you’re missing.  Want to know how to collect them so you can move them to other pastures? That’s in this video too.

Unfortunately, the website mentioned in the video no longer exists. But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here’s a bit more on Dung Beetles for you enthusiasts, from the benefits they provide to how to catch them to an identification chart. Enjoy!

What would you say to a 95% decrease in horn flies thanks to dung beetles? They do that and a lot more for us. Here’s a list, plus instructions for capture traps so that you can add more beetles to your pastures if you don’t think you have enough.

Thanks to the National Grazing Lands Coalition for making this article possible. Click on over to see the great work they do for all of us. Thank them for supporting On Pasture by liking their facebook page.

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Kathy worked with the Bureau of Land Management for 12 years before founding Livestock for Landscapes in 2004. Her twelve years at the agency allowed her to pursue her goal of helping communities find ways to live profitably AND sustainably in their environment. She has been researching and working with livestock as a land management tool for over a decade. When she's not helping farmers, ranchers and land managers on-site, she writes articles, and books, and edits videos to help others turn their livestock into landscape managers.


  1. Borzo says:

    I have never seen any dung beetles on my property. How do I get some to start them here?

    • Kathy Voth says:

      Click on over to the article “The Poop On Dung Beetles” included above. Scroll down and you’ll find a list of dung beetle suppliers in several different countries.

  2. red says:

    My favorite insect! One thing often overlooked is the reduction of a pest that can carry a parasite which causes meningitis in humans. In the east, deer carry this and the pest needs manure to lay eggs. Native dung beetles control the parasites by burying the manure. Now if only we could get one that favors dog droppings. this close to town, that’s a major source of flies and biting gnats during the monsoons.

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