Dung beetles and insect cocktails

Now before you freak out let me say that no self-respecting dung beetle is going to find itself inside a cocktail.  Dung beetles are far too important for that.  Their job is to get rid of all the nasty bugs in dung and therefore cut down on the spread of disease in the local animals.  They are industrious and hard-working and have even been imported into New Zealand to help cut down on the bugs that spread disease among sheep and cattle.

Dung beetles have been around for ever and have been appropriately honoured for their role in nature.

Just watching a dung beetle at work is fascinating.  As they roll the ball of dung it gets bigger and bigger and they just keep going.

When you do your next African safari you will get the chance to observe them “in the wild” and participate in a fun game with your game ranger seeing how far you can spit out a ball of rolled dung – usually Impala as their poop is small like marbles.  You certainly wouldn’t want to try to spit out elephant dung!!  It’s not obligatory but it will make you feel closer to the dung beetle.

So there! Maybe after this you need a drink.  Well you won’t find a dung beetle in a cocktail any time soon.  However you may find other insects in cocktails that are becoming more popular.  Strangely.

Not sure how you would feel if you were presented with this cocktail –

This is an Aztec-themed drink served in a skull-shaped mug and garnished with a paper cone stuffed to the brim with buffalo worms.  Apparently Grey Goose vodka goes very well with worms or crickets.

Or how about this one from Thailand?
Or this one from who knows where….

It’s part of the fun people – watching dung beetles, spitting out impala poop and drinking weird drinks.  Watch out insects …. here we come.


By Lesley Keyter

Lesley Keyter is the face of travel in the fast growing city of Calgary. Every week since 1997 she has has featured live on the Morning News Global TV.

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