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Scarab or dung beetle: Aphodius fimetarius

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Scarab or dung beetle: Aphodius fimetarius

Scarab or dung beetles perform a vital role in the world; their job is to clear up droppings of various herbivorous animals, especially farm animals, and several members of this family of beetle can sometimes be found feeding on cow-pats if you take the time to crumble one up (something I have never done)!

This particular species, Aphodius fimetarius, does not bury the dung but feeds directly on it above ground but they are rarely seen as they are mainly nocturnal, indeed they can be frequently found in moth light traps. The fact they are not black is an indicator that they do not spend a lot of time under ground like some of their cousins.

Quite a small beetle and hard to find but very common.


 

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