Bulls and Dung Beetle Traps

 

IMG_8506The bulls were in the pasture next to the lab so we placed some dung beetle traps out to see what we could get with the big fellas. Something I had not learned before doing this is that young bulls are extremely playful. The two big guys didn’t mind us, but the younger guy would “playfully” charge us. Especially, when I was tying up the fresh dung into the little mesh modified paint strainer that hangs from the inverted pvc half pipe.

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Dung hanging over cup

I’m sure he was just playing, but how do you really know? After a couple of close calls, our apprentice and I bailed. Nothing like 3000lbs of muscle coming at ya.

Our cattlemen had a good laugh at us and that’s ok. We’ll live to see another dung. Interesting to note, when I came back to retrieve the traps a few days later, two of the three were crushed by the bulls. The half pipes were kicked over and the cups crushed. I did manage to trap 4 darkling beetles. I think I’ll stick with the cows!

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