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What’s this Bug?
April 26, 2010
Dear Bugman,
We are trying to identify this beetle that flew by us the other night and landed close by. Never seen one like this and do they bite? Thanks.
Cordelia Lovelady
Port Aransas, Texas

Earth Boring Dung Beetle

Dear Cordelia,
This is an Ox Beetle in the genus Strategus, but there are several species in Texas and we are not certain which species you have.  You can see images of several species on BugGuide.  We believe this is a lesser male without the fully developed horns generally seen in males.  Perhaps one of our readers will be able to assist us with the species identification.

Earth Boring Dung Beetle

Eric Eaton makes a Correction
Daniel:
This is not an “ox beetle,” but something much more interesting.  I believe it is a member of this genus:
http://bugguide.net/node/view/56753
and I really hope the person will post their image at Bugguide, too.  There is a strong chance one of the scarab experts there will recognize it.  Might be a new species for Bugguide, or even a new species to science.  These subterranean scarabs are not often seen.
Great find!
EricThanks so much for the correction Eric.  The thought of an Earth Boring Dung Beetle never crossed our mind.  There is a photo of a pair on BugGuide, indicating that this specimen is a male.

Earth Boring Dung Beetle

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4 Responses to Earth Boring Dung Beetle, not Ox Beetle

  1. Gene St. Denis says:

    Daniel , You have a beautiful Bradycinetulus ferrugineus ! They are rare as Eric said and come to lites. They are really cute and interesting little guys . Cheers ! Gene St. Denis Sierra Nevada Research

  2. Gene St. Denis says:

    Daniel, After further review….It could also be Bradycinetulus rex . It is in Bradycinetulus for sure and They are very few seen alive ( usually dead) , and at one time they were being considered to be combined with Pleocoma . But, thankfully that idea was nixed. Cheers and God Bless ! Geno P.S. Two days ago we received an 1 inch and a half of Snow at Tahoe’s Lake Level !

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