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Phillip Kaufman, a veterinary entomologist at the University of Florida, recently undertook a dung beetle investigation on Florida livestock farms which was published in the latest issue of the Annals of the Entomological Society of America. He found that in most cases, farmers have a thriving dung beetle community, which is good news since they quickly get rid of manure, recycle nutrients, and keep pests like horn flies in check because they are in direct competition for resources.
The study was featured in the New York Times Environment Blog in an article called "King of the Dung Hill."