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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. ”  

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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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Subject: Beetle identification
Location: Plymouth MA
May 25, 2016 5:06 am
Hello. We saw this beetle in our yard and have never seen this in our area before. Do you know what this is? We live in Plymouth MA. We just found this the other day
Thank you
Signature: Marianne Benevides

Female Rainbow Scarab

Female Rainbow Scarab

Dear Marianne,
This is a female Rainbow Scarab,
Phanaeus vindex, a species of Dung Beetle.  Male Rainbow Scarabs have a prominent horn.

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Subject: Unknown bug
Location: Leland NC
May 13, 2016 5:35 am
We found this bug on our front porch last night at the base of a flower. Can you please identify what it is.
Thanks.
Signature: Joe Calla

Dung Beetle

Dung Beetle

Dear Joe,
We believe we have correctly identified your Dung Beetle as
Dichotomius carolinus thanks to images posted to BugGuide.  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 the horn is visible in your image indicating your individual is a male.  You may enjoy this Gizmodo Dung Beetle Article on Dung Beetles.

Dung Beetle

Dung Beetle

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Subject: Beetle identification
Location: East central Alabama
May 2, 2016 8:01 am
This beetle caught my eye she was so bright! I live in Alabama I just moved here and live within many pine trees. I am afraid it is a bad beetle for my trees so I would love to get an identification so I know whether to worry about them or not.
Thank you in advance. I’m in no hurry.
Signature: Jodie Edwards

Male Rainbow Scarab

Male Rainbow Scarab

Dear Jodie,
This beautiful Dung Beetle is a male Rainbow Scarab.  Males of the species have a single horn, while female Rainbow Scarabs have no horn, though both have lovely metallic coloration.

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