Common dung beetles in pastures of south-eastern Australia

1st July 2001

When Europeans created open pastures and introduced cattle, sheep and horses into Australia, they produced a new environment which few native dung insects were able to use.  In particular the soft, moist dung pads of cattle were quite different to the fibrous, pellet-like droppings of native marsupials.

As a result, pasture pollution with dung became an important environmental and management problem, as well as a perfect breeding ground for a number of major fly pests.

In the early sixties Dr. G. F. Boonemissza suggested that, to solve this problem, dung beetles from countries with large, native herbivores be introduced into Australia.

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