Beetle discovery in Belgian cow dung


This video says about itself:

Flower chafers (Cetoniinae) are a group of scarab beetles, subfamily Cetoniinae, family Scarabaeidae. Many species are diurnal and visit flowers for pollen and nectar, or to browse on the petals. Some species also take fruit. The group is also called fruit and flower chafers, flower beetles and flower scarabs. There are around 4,000 species, many of them still undescribed.

Translated from the Dutch of Natuurpunt Studie (Belgium):

More than 200,000 insects in 68 cow pies

Friday, October 19, 2012

Natuurpunt studie recently conducted a study into the coprophile or dung-dwelling fauna in cow pies. This showed that huge numbers of invertebrates thrive in manure. These in turn are an important food source for birds and bats. And moreover, the researchers discovered a beetle species, new for Belgium!

Cow pies are a very localized and temporary ecosystem, with its own, very specific ‘shit bound’ fauna. Especially coprophile beetles have a prominent place in this system. …

On each sample up to 250 flies, 250 larvae and 250 beetles were identified to species level, which meant a total of 13,825 beetles of 98 species. Especially rove beetles, 50 species, were very well represented. Most numerous were Oxytelus tetracarinatus, a rove beetle which still has no Dutch name. Also scarab beetles (Scarabaeidae), including the species generally known to the public as ‘dung beetles’ were 16 species; not bad. Water-dwelling manure beetles (Hydrophilidae) came in third place. Remarkable in this last group was the discovery of Cercyon castaneipennis, a new species for the Belgian fauna ….

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