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Subject: Badlands NP Beetle
Location: Badlands NP; South Dakota
June 26, 2017 4:29 pm
Hello,
We saw this awesome beetle while hiking along a bison trail in the Sage Creek Wilderness portion of the Badlands NP a couple weeks back. Looks like a scarab beetle (?) We also saw dung beetles along the way 🙂
Thanks!
Signature: D & M Coulter

Rainbow Scarab

Dear D & M Coulter,
This Rainbow Scarab is actually a species of Dung Beetle.  The male Rainbow Scarab has a horn and the female Rainbow Scarab does not.  We cannot tell from your image if this is a male or female as the grass is obscuring the Rainbow Scarab’s head.

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Subject: Large beetle
Location: Hanover County, Virginia
June 28, 2017 10:47 am
I need some identification on this beetle. It was in my skimmer box. It’s very large-over 1″ long, 3/4″ wide, and sits up 1/2″ high. All these measurements are with its hairy legs tucked in. It looks like a rhinoceros beetle except for the stripes.
Signature: Judy Hill

Dung Beetle

Dear Judy,
We believe we have correctly identified your Dung Beetle as
Dichotomius carolinus thanks to the Blue Jay Barrens site where it states:  “The beetle at first appeared to be adorned with pale stripes.  Closer examination revealed the stripes to actually be soil caked into grooves on the wing covers.  Dung Beetle larvae develop in the ground at the bottom of a deep burrow where they feed on a supply of dung placed there by the adult beetle.  The beetles can accumulate soil on their bodies when digging nest burrows or when burrowing out of the soil after pupation.”  According to BugGuide:  “A big, black or blackish-brown, and bulky dung beetle. Note prominent striations on elytra, though these are often partly filled with dirt. Pronotum distinctively shaped. Vertex of head has short, blunt horn in male” and “Said to be so strong that it is hard to hold within a clenched fist.”  Your individual appears to possess the “short, blunt horn” indicating it is a male.

Dung Beetle

Oh my goodness!  Thank you so much!  I have searched all the beetle sites and couldn’t find it. It is huge
Thank you again. My 9 yr. old granddaughter saves all the different hugs she finds.
Judy
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Subject: Big heavy afghan beetle
Location: Central Northern Afghanistan
June 1, 2017 7:18 pm
Hello,
Having trouble identifying this big guy. Found in northern Afghanistan (Mazar-i-Sharif) Little larger than the size of a quarter. Slow, clunky walking pattern. Can easily flip himself back upright from being on his back. After being stuck in a box would not open his shell to fly so possibly ground beetle.
Thanks!
Signature: Bill

Dung Beetle

Dear Bill,
This is a Dung Beetle, and though we have not had any luck identifying your Afghan individual, we can tell you that Dung Beetles are found in many parts of the world.  Dung Beetles locate fresh animal droppings and shape it into a ball, rolling it along the ground until they locate a suitable burrow.  Dung Beetles lay eggs upon the fresh dung which serves as food for the developing larva.  Dung Beetles are the inspiration for Egyptian Scarab Beetles that adorn jewelry and hieroglyphics, and they were alleged to move the sun across the sky.  See Egypt About for more information.  We are post-dating your submission to go live to our site later in the month while our editorial staff is on holiday.

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Subject: Scarab rhino squeaker mystery
Location: Townsville Australia
January 9, 2017 6:46 pm
Dear bugman,
We are in northern Queensland Au (nr Townsville) and found this beautiful beetle we can’t find with online searching. It is light brown, body is a little less than 2cm long and it has a very fancy rhino like head. It squeaks like an old wind up toy I think when it feels threatened and tries to dig / nibble quickly through anything.
Signature: Holly and Jake

Earth Boring Dung Beetle

Dear Holly and Jake,
We found some really close images of Earth Boring Dung Beetles in the family Geotrupidae from Australia, but alas, those pages seem to no longer be active, yet the images still exist in the search engines.  This Csiro Entomology page is the best we are able to provide, and it states:  “Members of this family are closely related to scarab beetles but can be distinguished from the later as they have one extra segment (11 in total) on their antennae, and the last 3 segments form a distinctive circular club. They are very stoutly built beetles and range in size from 8-30 millimetres in length. Most adults are reddish-brown to brown in colour, although a few may be black. The head and pronotum of male geotrupids is often adorned with prominent horns and as such members of this species are often called rhinoceros beetles. ”  

Hi Daniel,
Thank you so much for identifying the beetle for us, we really appreciate it. Nice to know more about it too. Thanks again!

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Subject: Dung Beetle
Location: Laikipia Air Base, Nanyuki, Kenya
October 27, 2016 4:27 am
Hi, Bugman.
Came across this little guy stranded on his (her?) back being attacked by ants in Nanyuki, Kenya. After flipping him over, he seemed determined to either stamp on the ants or crush them with his head. Retribution was his!
Signature: Some British Squaddie

Dung Beetle

Dung Beetle

Dear British Squaddie,
Your Dung Beetle appears to be
Scarabaeus sacer if this image on Alamy is correctly identified.

Thank you for the reply.
Chris Blakey.

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Subject: Lovely little beetle found on Jura
Location: Jura, Scottish Hebridies
October 24, 2016 12:23 pm
Hello!
Please could you identify this beautiful beetle we found in the summer on the way to Barnhill on the isle of Jura?
Many thanks,
Signature: Ruth & Chris Kettle-Frisby

Probably Dung Beetle

Probably Dung Beetle

Dear Ruth & Chris,
We believe this Scarab Beetle is most likely one of the Dung Beetles.

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