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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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Subject: High School Biology Bug Project
Location: South Carolina
February 17, 2015 7:17 am
Dear Bugman(I hope this is a normal way to address one of these things),
I am supposed to identify two bugs for a biology assignment, I have a picture of my scetch of one of them attached. My teacher recommended this website, so here I am! I will give you the best description about it as I can to help you more(along with the picture of my drawing). It was about 3 cm long and 2 wide, a very round beetle-looking thing with a head that was hard to distinguish from the rest of the body. it looked like it had a hard, dark brown shell. It also looked shiny with a goldish tint. if you looked at it straight on,it looked like the edges had become a very shiny silver color. The front legs were fat and god fatter as it god closer to the feet, the front “feet” looked almost webbed or like “paws.” The middle legs were smaller and looked more normal. The back legs were also.
Thank you soooo much!
Signature: Benjamin Eddy

Dung Beetle Drawing, we believe

Dung Beetle Drawing, we believe

Dear Benjamin,
Your drawing is a very good rendering of a Scarab Beetle, more specifically a Dung Beetle.  Your description of the legs is very consistent with the physical characteristics of the legs of a Dung Beetle as well.  While it would probably be impossible to make an accurate species identification based on your drawing, this Earth-Boring Scarab Beetle,
Bolbocerosoma tumefactum, on BugGuide or this Earth-Boring Scarab Beetle, Bradycinetulus ferrugineus, also pictured on BugGuide, both look very similar to your drawing.  Of the family Geotrupidae, the Earth-Boring Scarab Beetles, BugGuide indicates:  “These beetles spend most of their lives in burrows one to four feet down, often under dung or carrion.”

Thank you sooo much! I know you have a small staff(like you said) and I am vary happy that you picked mine to do!
Thanks again,
Benjamin

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Subject: Coleoptera in Namibia
Location: Namibia
February 1, 2015 4:11 am
This insect was in the namib desert in Namibia :
https://goo.gl/maps/2OQMc
Thanks for your research !
Signature: A traveler

Dung Beetle

Dung Beetle

Dear A traveler,
This is a Dung Beetle, and it resembles this image of
Pachysoma rodriguesi that is pictured on FlickR, but we cannot say for certain if the species is correct.  Because of the large numbers of large, grazing herd animals in Africa, there are many Dung Beetles which gather fresh dung into a ball that is rolled across the terrain until the Dung Beetle finds an appropriate place to dig a nest.  An egg is laid on the Dung Ball and the dung provides food for the developing larva.  Dung Beetles are the inspiration for the Egyptian Scarab Beetles that are often pictured with orbs signifying the sun. 

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