Dung Beetle Aphodius prodromus

Dung Beetle Aphodius prodromus

Observation - Dung Beetle Aphodius prodromus - UK and Ireland. Description: I caught this dung beetle in a moth trap. I have had it identified as Aphodius prodromus on a moth web site, but had a supplementary question which has not been answers (I guess there are very few beetle experts on a moth forum)...... I have looked up Aph

I caught this dung beetle in a moth trap. I have had it identified as Aphodius prodromus on a moth web site, but had a supplementary question which has not been answers (I guess there are very few beetle experts on a moth forum)...... I have looked up Aphodius prodromus on the web. Now the shape and features look spot on. However my little specimen is blacker than the photos I have seen on the web. How variable are colours on beetles? I know they can be very variable on moths, but have no experiences at all with beetles.