An improved method for sampling dung beetles

Dung beetles can be sampled using a dung bait on open floor and in a baited pitfall. Both the methods have their own pros and cons. We have suggested using dung as a bait on open ground, because, this is a non-invasive method of sampling beetles. This can provide a great deal of information on the community ecology of the beetles. But, the worry was the rollers might not be sampled in this method! We have suggested to keep pitfalls around the dung pads to sample the beetles rolling the dung balls! That worked out well. We have assessed its efficiency in three habitats, a closed protected forest, fragmented forests of sacred groves, and open yards. The results have been published in Journal of Tropical Ecology.

Asha is setting-up a dung bait to sample dung beetles