dung beetle

(Subfamily Scarabaeinae)

               
      dung beetle (Scarabaeinae)
   
   
   
   
   
   
         
         
         
Size

Total Length: 1 16 to 13 16

          Photo by Mary Nasvik
 
Identification

Most adults are dull black. The last segment of the abdomen (pygiduim) is partly exposed, not covered by the hardened wing covers (elytra). The triangular plate between the elytra (scutellum) is usually not visible. The hind legs are placed far back on the abdomen, nearer to the tip of the abdomen than to the middle legs, or about the same distance. The antennal club is usually hairy.

 
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Larval Food

Dung

 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Coleoptera (beetles)

 

Suborder:

Polyphaga (water, rove, scarab, longhorn, leaf and snout beetles)

 

Infraorder:

Scarabaeiformia

 

Superfamily:

Scarabaeoidea (scarab, stag and bess beetles)

 

Family:

Scarabaeidae (scarab beetles)

 

Subfamily:

Scarabaeinae (dung beetles)

 
Subordinate Taxa

scooped scarab (Onthophagus hecate)

tumblebug (Canthon laevis)

tumblebug (Canthon nigricornis)

tumblebug (Canthon viridis)

 
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Common
Names

dung beetle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Elytra

The hardened forewings on an insect used to protect the fragile hindwings, which are used for flying, in beetles and true bugs.

 

Scutellum

The exoskeletal plate covering the rearward (posterior) part of the middle segment of the thorax in some insects. In Coleoptera, Hemiptera, and Homoptera, the dorsal, often triangular plate behind the pronotum and between the bases of the front wings. In Diptera, the exoskeletal plate between the abdomen and the thorax.

 

 

 

 

 

       
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Published 6/8/2019

I spotted 3 different pairs of dung beetles while biking Glendalough's bike trails. This was my first time seeing them.

   
       

       
       
       
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Katie Sandberg
6/6/2019/2018

Location: Glendalough State Park

I spotted 3 different pairs of dung beetles while biking Glendalough's bike trails. This was my first time seeing them.


AK
6/4/2019

Location: Harris, MN

dung beetle (Scarabaeinae)


Mary Nasvik
7/2/2018

Location: Crow Wing County, near Ironton, MN

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