Exotic manure is sure to lure the dung connoisseur

Dung beetles have no customer loyalty: This paper just grabs you with the first sentence: "Although the preference of dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) for specific types and conditions of dung has been given substantial attention, little has been done to investigate the potential effects of exotic mammal introduction." It both calls you to look through its references to past work (who were these people who gave dung beetle preferences substantial attention, and what conditions of dung did they test?), it also begs you to read on, and discover whether the dung of exotic animals is, well, exotic. Apparently, the beetles are hot for primate dung, with humans and chimps coming out ahead in the taste test. The press release is also worth a read, earning bonus Weird Science points for the title, "Exotic manure is sure to lure the dung connoisseur." It points out that the dung beetles may just be seeking variety, as "native Nebraskan dung beetles which coevolved with bison showed little attraction to bison

Exotic manure is sure to lure the dung connoisseur

Although the preference of dung beetles for specific types and conditions of dung has been given substantial attention, little has been done to investigate their preference for dung from exotic ...

Wed 11 Apr 12 from Phys.org

Exotic manure is sure to lure the dung connoisseur, Thu 12 Apr 12 from Labspaces.net

Exotic manure is sure to lure the dung connoisseur, Wed 11 Apr 12 from e! Science News

Exotic manure is sure to lure the dung connoisseur, Wed 11 Apr 12 from ScienceDaily

Exotic Manure is Sure to Lure the Dung Connoisseur, Wed 11 Apr 12 from Science Blog

Exotic manure is sure to lure the dung connoisseur, Wed 11 Apr 12 from Eurekalert

Weird science learns the more exotic, the better, when it comes to dung

Dung beetles have no customer loyalty: This paper just grabs you with the first sentence: "Although the preference of dung beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) for specific types and conditions ...

Sun 15 Apr 12 from Ars Technica

Dung Beetle's Poop Preference: Smellier the Better

The poop-eating dung beetle prefers to snack on human and chimpanzee droppings.

Fri 13 Apr 12 from Livescience

Human faeces came out top for dung beetles in a taste test

The test was carried out in the Great Plains of North America with human faeces coming top in the test along with chimpanzees.

Thu 12 Apr 12 from Daily Mail

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