Living With Poo

Insect Expelling Frass

Insect Expelling Frass

MetroUK informs us that the National Poo Museum is now officially open at the Sandown zoo. The exhibit includes poo from many types of animals including insects. (The proper term for insect poo is frass.) To prepare the exhibit, the poo was completely desiccated and placed in globes for display to the public. The exhibit curators discovered the advantages of working with insects:

‘To prepare the faeces we had to build a special poo-drying machine. A stick insect poo can be desiccated completely in an hour or so, but a lion poo can take a fortnight to dry out.’

About jjneal

Jonathan Neal is an Associate Professor of Entomology at Purdue University and author of the textbook, Living With Insects (2010). This blog is a forum to communicate about the intersection of insects with people and policy. This is a personal blog. The opinions and materials posted here are those of the author and are in no way connected with those of my employer.
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