954. African Dung Beetle

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What a furore! It was in all the papers. Farmers wanted to introduce the African Dung Beetle to the country.

“There’s too much cow shit lying about,” said Farmer Harry. “It can’t decompose fast enough. The cow poo needs a helping hand, and the African Dung Beetle is just what the doctor ordered. It’s just the ticket. It’s almost too good to be true.”

The members of Gaea, the Mother Earth Society, were up in arms.

“The introduction of a foreign species will cause irreparable harm to the balance of the environment. For starters, it will increase the amount of methane floating into the stratosphere.”

The Government intervened. They set up a Commission to investigate the pros and cons of introducing the African Dung Beetle. Farmer Harry was appointed chairperson.

“Farmer Harry is a farmer,” protested Gaea, the Mother Earth Society. “He is in favour of the introduction of the African Dung Beetle. There’s no chance in hell he could be objective.”

So the Government appointed Ms Brasilia Bojovic-Hogwood to be the chairperson of the Commission. She was the Founding President of Gaea, the Mother Earth Society.

Gaea, the Mother Earth Society’s members were delighted.

“At last!” they said, “some objectivity can be brought into the discussion.”

28 thoughts on “954. African Dung Beetle

        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          That’s the problem with the world! I remember (years ago) being asked for my opinion on the French nuclear testing in the Pacific. I said I didn’t have an opinion. Well! I just about had my head blown off.

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          1. Cynthia Jobin

            Yes, and it’s worse than ever now. People seem to be flattered when asked in polls and surveys, what they think—about any dang thing, even if they really can’t know much about it— on Amazon, Twitter, Snapchat, Facebook, etc…etc… The trend, now, is to insult those who don’t agree with your opinion, about politics, for example, as “low information” neanderthals. It might be good to have less information (read propaganda) and a bit more knowledge and wisdom, before venturing opinions. ( As you might surmise, it’s cranky time here….and I refuse to have an opinion for or against it.)

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  1. Yvonne

    Look, let’s import the dung beetle. If they start to cause environmental problems, we’ll just import the dung beetle-beetle to control them.

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      1. Keith Channing

        This happens so often. I believe, and I believe earnestly, that I am not always right. I am on record as saying so, and as affirming that everyone is entitled to their own stupid opinion.

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      !! They are just as likely to decide to refuse entry to the Dung Beetle and introduce the Lesser Purple Emperor
      (Apatura ilia) instead because it’s pretty.

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      1. derrickjknight

        From your friend Ms King: Also please advise dear Mr Goodman as I can’t reply to his reply, to please remember, I am an immigrant down south and I called that stuff cleavers and sticky willy [titter] up north 🙂 

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        1. Bruce Goodman Post author

          Oh yes – I forgot that Pauline was not a Dunedinite – but came from the same area as me! That makes a mess of my linguistic analysis of plant name locales!

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  2. noelleg44

    This is the first post I’ve ever seen about a dung beetle. We got to see them in action when we took a vacation in Kenya. They are incredibly neat insects!

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    1. Bruce Goodman Post author

      Years ago in New Zealand they introduced a butterfly to eat the insects that ate the cabbages. The butterfly caterpillar, once it had rendered the pest non-existent, began to eat the cabbages. Now they are a pest!

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