Dung Beetle from England

Subject:  Identify this bug please
Geographic location of the bug:  Hatfield hertfordshire England. My living room!!!
Date: 07/23/2018
Time: 05:36 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  Hi this came flying into my living room tonight kept crashing into things it was so big. The noises when it crashed was outrageous! Never seen anything like this an especially not flying!
How you want your letter signed:  Alisha

Dung Beetle

Dear Alisha,
This is a Dung Beetle.  According to Down Garden Services:  “Most dung beetles are small and nocturnal, but the larger Common Dor Beetles (
Geotrupes spp.) and the Minotaur Beetle (Typhaeus typhoeus) are more easily seen. They are members of the Family Scarabaeidae.  Dung beetles are important because they get rid of a lot of animal faeces, breaking it down and incorporating it into the soil, so helping in the recycling of nutrients. This also makes the world a less smelly place to live in and reduces the numbers of other insects like flies which would otherwise breed in it.”  You can report your sighting to the Dung Beetle UK Mapping Project or DUMP.

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