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Species Sphaeridium scarabaeoides

Beetle - Sphaeridium scarabaeoides Small Scarab (?) Beetle - Sphaeridium scarabaeoides Beetle - ? - Sphaeridium scarabaeoides Cow dung Hydrophilidae - Sphaeridium scarabaeoides Water Scavenger Beetle? - Sphaeridium scarabaeoides Water Scavenger Beetle? - Sphaeridium scarabaeoides Water Scavenger Beetle? - Sphaeridium scarabaeoides Sphaeridium scarabaeoides
Classification
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)
No Taxon (Series Staphyliniformia)
Superfamily Hydrophiloidea (Water Scavenger and Clown Beetles)
Family Hydrophilidae (Water Scavenger Beetles)
Subfamily Sphaeridiinae
Genus Sphaeridium
Species scarabaeoides (Sphaeridium scarabaeoides)
Explanation of Names
Author Linnaeus
Numbers
One of three Nearctic species in the genus.
Size
5 to 7 mm.
Range
Dillon and Dillon note the species is "common in the East."(1)
Habitat
Dung, especially cow dung.
Food
Dung.
Remarks
The family is mostly a water-dwelling group, but some species are modified for "swimming" in dung, or otherwise living in relatively moist habitats.
Introduced from Europe.
Print References
(1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America
Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence. 1961. Row, Peterson, and Company.