Dinner at the Cow Patty

December 21st, 2010 - 5:15 PM | Filed under Featured Photos | 2 Comments

January 31, 2010 | Tupaciguara, Minas Gerais, Brazil

Remember I said in the location profile for Tupaciguara that cattle are abundant? I was driving through one of the many cattle pastures at night when I noticed that some of the fresher cow patties were being visited by moths.

I suppose this shouldn’t be too surprising. I’ve seen plenty of butterflies taking nourishment from bird droppings and other animal scat. Well, at least something is benefiting from those cattle.

Some other random thoughts:

I wondered if anyone has ever done a study on how many and what types of species come to cow patties? That might be worthy of an Ig Noble prize.

Who needs a black light when you’ve got cattle?

If one day I’m attacked by Mothra in Brazil, I’m blaming it on bovine growth hormone.

If nectaring is the act of feeding on plant and flower nectar, what would this be?

Subjects: Butterflies and Moths, Insects, and Moths.
Places: Brazil, Minas Gerais, South America, and Tupaciguara.
Behaviors: Feeding and Gregarious.
Life Stages: Adult.
Taxa: Class Insecta and Order Lepidoptera.
Sign: Frass.

2 Responses to “Dinner at the Cow Patty”

  1. That last thought is quite amusing!

  2. Grisham says:

    I have just discovered this blog and am reading it backwards.

    Although this post is over two years old, that last comment compelled to me comment:

    Q: If nectaring is the act of feeding on plant and flower nectar, what would this be?

    A: Scattering

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