Dinner at the Cow Patty

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?

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