Peter Pearson's picture

Dor Beetles

My grandson discovered, over the past few days, large numbers, in the hundreds,of these beetles in an area of mown grass used as a play area and gardens bordering woodland.
The area is a remnant of ancient woodland and ex-arable land long since engulfed in housing and concrete. There are no cattle closer than a mile or so away where a small herd are occasionally moved on to the country park to graze.
So, the question is what are they doing there and knowing their need for dung, usually cow pats, what are they using as a substitute?
They appear to be burrowing and presumably making provision for a new generation, so must be finding some nourishment for them.
Many dog walkers use the foot paths through and not all clean up after their pets.
Could this be the answer, do these beetles adapt to the available sources of material available.



John Bratton's picture

Some dor beetles will use dog

Some dor beetles will use dog dung. There is also at least one which will provision its burrow and breed successfully using just dead leaves so dung is not always what they are looking for.

Joe Botting's picture


It sounds like good habitat for rabbits, which I'd imagine would make a good substitute - and with nicely pre-formed food parcels too.

Peter Pearson's picture

Sorry no bunnies

Haven't seen a rabbit here for many a year. We moved in in 1970, mixy took hold a few years later, killed them off and they never returned.Pressure of population, dog numbers, children playing in woods seems to have prevented repopulation by rabbits.