Dung Beetle

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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