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My grandson discovered, over the past few days, large numbers, in the hundreds,of these beetles in an area of mown grass used as a play area and gardens bordering woodland.
The area is a remnant of ancient woodland and ex-arable land long since engulfed in housing and concrete. There are no cattle closer than a mile or so away where a small herd are occasionally moved on to the country park to graze.
So, the question is what are they doing there and knowing their need for dung, usually cow pats, what are they using as a substitute?
They appear to be burrowing and presumably making provision for a new generation, so must be finding some nourishment for them.
Many dog walkers use the foot paths through and not all clean up after their pets.
Could this be the answer, do these beetles adapt to the available sources of material available.