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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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Subject: Mystery beetle
Location: Tennessee
April 14, 2016 6:02 pm
Found this beetle in early April in middle TN and can’t identify it. Any ideas?
Signature: Debra C.

Rainbow Scarab

Female Rainbow Scarab

Dear Debra,
This is a female Rainbow Scarab,
Phanaeus vindex, one of the Dung Beetles.  The male Rainbow Scarabs have a prominent horn.

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Subject: Burying Beetle
Location: Costa Rica
March 22, 2016 3:06 pm
I think this is a burying beetle, I like its yellow front feet. Can you tell me anything about it.
Signature: P

Dung Beetle

Dung Beetle

Dear P,
We believe this is a Dung Beetle and not a Burying Beetle.  What you have mistaken for a yellow foot is actually the antenna.  We found a Dung Beetle with yellow antennae from Costa Rica pictured on DreamsTime.

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Subject: Iridescent Dung Beetle?
Location: Bennett, CO
August 20, 2015 7:32 pm
We found this beetle in a water tank at the ranch where we board our horses in Bennett, CO just east of Denver on 8/20/2015. We think we’ve identified it as a dung beetle but I can seem to find any pictures on your website confirming this.
Signature: Curious in Colorado

Rainbow Scarab

Rainbow Scarab

Dear Curious in Colorado,
This is a female Rainbow Scarab,
Phanaeus vindex, and you are correct that it is a Dung Beetle.  We have numerous images on our site, but we just recently created a sub-subcategory for Dung Beetles that is embedded in our Scarab Beetle subcategory.  Here is a BugGuide image for confirmation.

Rainbow Scarab

Rainbow Scarab

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