An Aphodiine Dung beetle (Linnaeus, 1758)Edit

Arthropods (Arthropoda)----Insects (Insecta)----Beetles (Coleoptera)-----Polyphaga-----Scarabaeoidea-----Scarab beetles (Scarabaeidae)---Aphodiinae----Aphodiini----Aphodius---Aphodius----A.A.distinctus

Aphodius fimetarius

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Aphodius fimetarius2

12th April, 2009.

Aphodius fimetarius3

12th April, 2009.

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This species is quite alot larger than its cousins. Aphodius beetles are frequently parasitized by mites. If you find one that opens it wings but can't really fly it probably has mites under its wings. In the afternoon starting from mid-April these are remarkably common over open spaces with other Aphodius species (such as distinctus). This species flies so slowly it can be caught with your hand, but it is easier to hit it with your hand to ground it (it stuns it but no harm is done) which makes it play dead as well.