"The hunting of vertebrates can also affect invertebrate populations. For
example, a reduction in the amount of dung directly stresses the populations
of dung beetles."
Biotropica 39, 328; 289 (2007).
I never thought of "dung beetle" as a high-stress job.
Others, however, reinforce this notion:
Well not until there's no shit to dung around in.
-Veronique Chez Sheep
Would YOU want to do it?
-Bill in Vancouver
Most dung beetles quit their jobs after a couple of years.
So if your dung beetles can't meet their quota, what kind of job do you
threaten them with to motivate them?
Use scarab tactics
I loved this post. When I was in the Army (1986-90) people called me shitbug. I manned a foxhole in a frozen South Korean rice-paddy and smelled horribly (Koreans use human feces to fertilize their fields). When my roommate commented on my smell, I replied: "Yep, I'm just a regular dung-beetle." He had no idea what that was so I described it as a bug that rolled little balls of shit around North African desserts, an African shitbug.
Aaron the Ogre