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Species Aphodius rusicola - Aphodius (Oscarinus) rusicola

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea (Scarab, Stag and Bess Beetles)
Family Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Aphodiinae (Aphodiine Dung Beetles)
Tribe Aphodiini
Genus Aphodius
No Taxon (Subgenus Oscarinus)
Species rusicola (Aphodius (Oscarinus) rusicola)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Oscarinus rusicola (Melsheimer)
Orig. Comb: Aphodius rusicola Melsheimer 1845
Somewhat similar to granarius, but it's pronotum has larger widely spaced punctures.
e NA to NM (NM-FL-NB-NE) (1),(2),(BG data)
May-July (BG data)
Life Cycle
Little is known of the life history of this common species, but it appears to be a surface generalist dung feeder. it is abundant in cow dung as well as at lights. (2)
Works Cited
1. A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida.
Peck & Thomas. 1998. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville. 180 pp.
2.The Scarabaeoid Beetles of Nebraska
Brett C. Ratcliffe & M.J. Paulsen. 2008. University of Nebraska State Museum, Vol 22, 570 pp.