The Recycler

This is the Lousy Watchman, the Dor Beetle, or Geotrupes stercorarius. A friendly chap whose job in life is recycling. Apparently it recycles animal droppings. Nothing wrong with that. The Victorians had Pure Collectors’. I have Geotrupes stercorarius. The Baldrick of Hampshire?Geotrupes stercorarius.jpgAlso in the frame this morning is what might be Evernia prunastri. I am not yet 100% sure.Evernia prunastri TBC

No flies on this. I did put yesterday’s lichen under the microscope and found hiding inside the smallest wood louse you ever did see. I have not told Mrs. Ha as she is not that keen on house guests of the louse variety, wood or otherwise. She did however glance at Geotrupes stercorarius but returned swiftly to her breakfast. I did not explain GS’ role in life.

18 thoughts on “The Recycler

  1. Lousy Watchman, indeed. Too busy munching those tasty morsel to be much of a sentinel, Geotrupes stercorarius. In one way or another, all creatures are recyclers. Homo erectus possibly not amongst them.
    Lovely lichen.

  2. Very interesting. There is a “dung” beetle over here that tumbles waste to someplace. I always let them go about their “businsess” since all creatures have a purpose to keep the environment healthy.

  3. Andrew. Should I try introduce dung beetles to my worms and see if the combination can hasten the process of turning the kitchen scraps into sweet-smelling friable soil? Our garden is at its very best now.
    Experts are saying that the fly problem in Australia can only be tackled by the introduction of dung beetles. The problem is that they need moisture and Australia is a bit short on that.
    Nothing is ever easy.

    • My compost seems tone slow breaking down Gerard so I’m not qualified to advise. But why not? Dung beetles are fun, affectionate and make good companions. Conversation is limited but that can be a bonus.

  4. I expect it is as well you didn’t! It is a rather attractive beetle, though. And the photo of the lichen is beautiful. I’m tickled to think of the wee beastie you found lurking within.

  5. I’m going off on a tangent. Whatever happened to the woodpeckers? Did they peck up and leave?

      • I just looked up “how to attract woodpeckers to your garden” and found this advice – “Boisterous songbirds are likely to frighten them away”.
        So much for all that head-butting of trees. Woodpeckers are wimps.

      • Yeah. Mine get spooked by just about anything. I had over 30 Wood Pigeons in the garden yesterday. Not many woodies when the gang is in town.

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