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Dung Beetles

The "Do it with Dung" Project involved dung beetle monitoring and releases across North East Victoria and southern NSW. It was the largest dung beetle monitoring project undertaken in south-east Australia with over 100 people setting fortnightly traps between February 2009 and May 2010

Project description and monitoring results (pdf document)

Over 46,000 beetles were trapped. The most abundant species was Onthophagus taurus which was trapped at 58 sites. Thirteen species were trapped, of which nine were introduced species and four native species. The total number of introduced species trapped were 46.071 and the total number of native species trapped was 412.

The table below provides a summary of the trapping results.for Introduced species,

 SPECIES  NUMBER TRAPPED  NUMBER OF SITES
 Onthophagus taurus  28994  58
 Euoniticellus fulvus  11439  51
 Bubas bison   3411  48
 Onthophagus binodis   1062  23
 Onitis alexis    732  49
 Onitis aygulus    454  29
 Euoniticellus pallipes    336  18
Geotrupes spiniger     34  14
Euoniticellus africanus     22   2

Dung Beetle project resources

 This link provides access to a rich range of resources on Dung Beetles

Dung Beetle Project Newsletters

The newsletters provide a guide to how the project was delivered and summarises many of the project's highlights.

Issue 1 March 2009

Issue 2 April 2009

Issue 3 May 2009

Issue 4 June/July 2009

Issue 5 August 2009

Issue 6 September 2009

Issue 7 October 2009

Issue 8 January 2010

Issue 9 March 2010

Issue 10 April 2010

Issue 11 May 2010

Issue 12 September 2010

Lucyvale Better Beef Group Newsletters

Issue 20 April/May 2008

Issue 21 June 2008

Issue 22 July 2008

Issue 23 August 2008

Issue 24 October 2008