Beetle’s best friend: Trained dogs most efficient in monitoring hermit beetle larvae

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Considered at risk of extinction, hermit beetles need to be efficiently monitored. However, due to their life cycle, standard sampling is unreasonably time-consuming and quite damaging to both the species and their habitat. In searching for a solution, Italian scientists suggested that trained dogs might be more successful. In their paper, published in the open-access journal Nature Conservation, they tested a training program before comparing it with the traditional method.

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