Found on a mixed habitat, sandy track bordering coniferous woodland and grassland.
No interactions present.
It is Anoplotrupes stercorosus.
Any idea on the indentations behind the head? They're almost too symmetrical to be coincidence/damage?
Of course, it is not A. stercorosus. Sometimes it is better to sit back and let the specialists in. Sorry!
This is definitely Trypocopris pyrenaeus and not Anoplotrupes or Geotrupes. The only species it could conceivably be confused with is T. vernalis, which has a different general habitus/colour and has all abdominal sternites punctured and pilose along the midline; your specimen clearly has the punctures and pilosity effaced along the midline of the sternites.
Fluctuat nec mergitur
Hi Chris, based on the information from scarabus I've agreed with your identification as Geotrupes pyrenaeus, but if you'd like to add a further identification as Trypocopris pyrenaeus (the name that comes up if you use "Get recommended") then I'll agree with that instead.
A good record for this scarce species.
Entomologist and biological recorder
Lat/Lng: 50.7, -2.2
OS grid ref: SY8889