Oh, Shit.....the Dung Beetle
Shit..is not a dirty word in Nature. It’s as much a part of the environment as a beautiful flower, and has a lot of uses in the ecosystem. Traditionally, we’ve always used dried cowdung (politely called cowpats) as fuel, and my aunts used to consider the dung of temple elephants as a curative for cracks in the feet. “Panchakavyam” or the five products of a cow, included its dung, for medicinal and ritual purposes.
Often dung provides a fertile material to nourish other life forms, such as this mushroom growing out of elephant dung:
Nothing typifies the role of dung as a nurturing material, though, as much as the wonderful activities of the
We got the opportunity to watch one when we were driving back from the home stay in Chik Yelchetti; since Girish said he had seen something, we stopped the car and I immediately recognized the beetle:
So…poop is quite interesting and useful in Nature! :)