Mothman60's picture

Can anyone help .... What is this beetle ?

Observed: 7th April 2010 By: Mothman60
IMG 2447
Description:

Under 1cm and was found in my moth trap, so I guess it was atracted by the light .

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Dioctria's picture

Aphodius?

Seems to have some similarities with the genus Aphodius. (General form, colour, spines on tibia.)

David

Martin Harvey's picture

possibly Aphodius prodromus

Aphodius prodromus is one of the dung beetles I see most often in spring, and it does look very like yours, but I can't be certain that it is this, there are a few very similar species.

For comparison there is a good photo on this page:
http://www.kerbtier.de/cgi-bin/enFSearch.cgi?Fam=Scarabaeidae

and some information on separating A. prodromus from the very similar A. sphacaletus on the Watford Coleoptera Group pages:
http://www.thewcg.org.uk/pages/prodrosphacel.htm

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Darren J. Mann's picture

Aohodius prodromus

Its Aphodius prodromus, dark basal margin to the pronotum

cheers
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Martin Harvey's picture

identification

Hi Darren,

Welcome to iSpot, and thanks for your input. Would you be able to add A. prodromus as an identification (click on "Add a revision", above), so we can show what the final verdict is on this one!

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