An identification guide to common Dung Beetles of South Dakota
Dung beetle facts
Dung beetles have been found on every continent in the world except Antarctica.
There are over 6,000 known species of dung beetles.
Some dung beetles are picky eaters and prefer only specific types of animal dung.
Most dung beetles exhibit parental care for their young.
Dung beetles are extremely territorial and often compete with one another for food and nesting space.
Dung beetles have a critical role in the function of many ecosystems by speeding up the dung decomposition process and cycling important nutrients into the soil.
Most dung beetle species do not have common names.
October 25, 2021
South Dakota State University Extension and the SDSU Southeast Research Farm will host a seminar for growers interested in soil health, regenerative agriculture and livestock inclusion in these systems.
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