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What are the critical features? I have some other images that might help to I.D. it.
If you have a sharp shot of the back leg showing the structure of ridges that should clinch it one way or other, but I don't expect that was the pose you had in mind at the time! It is the sculpture on the pronotum and elytra that suggested this species to me. Another common one, Geotrupes, has a smooth pronotum, but I am not confident I know all the possibilities to be 100% sure.
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I appreciate its almost impossible to identify some beetles from photos as there are so many subtle differences. I've included a couple of additional photos, don't think they meet your specific request but they're the only ones I have!
Thanks for you comments, interesting stuff,
These are too blurred to help, I'm afraid. A proper coleopterist is what you need. I would still vote for A. sterc., but am ready to be over-ruled!
Thanks Syrphus, i guess its a tripod and a less rapidly wriggling beetle next time!
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