Dung beetles play a hugely important role in dung decomposition and nutrient cycling on pasture land. Their presence indicates good soil biology and that you have beetle-friendly soil management! In monitoring dung beetle populations, you can begin to learn how populations might vary across your farm, or see how populations progress over time.
Below we’ve suggested a couple of methods for monitoring dung beetles, so you can have a read through and decide which one works best for you!
How to identify dung beetles:
Dung beetles have ‘clubbed’ antennae, with a thickened, club like ending. They have strong paddle shaped legs, and tend to ‘play dead’ when handled, and crucially, they live in dung! If you’re not sure that what you’ve found is a dung beetle, you can have a look at this identification page on the DUMP website.