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Moose dung beetle - Aphodius fimetarius

Moose dung beetle - Aphodius fimetarius
Jefferson Notch area, Coos County, New Hampshire, USA
May 27, 2007
Size: about 7.3 mm
I found an area where one or more moose had spent quite a bit of time amid a half-dozen downed conifers, leaving a number of piles of moose dung for me to inspect. I had already become accustomed to finding rov*e beetles and grou*nd beetles under moose dung.

I broke open clumps of pellets (clumped no doubt from a spring diet of mainly evergreen needles vs. twigs later in the year) and was delighted to find an honest-to-goodness dung beetle inside one of them, one I had never seen and don't recall having even seen depicted before. Don Chandler had advised me to check out moose dung a couple years ago.

This was one of a number of new beetle species found during my several visits to the Mt. Washington area in search of the extremely rare Pyth*o strict*us.

I failed to notice the red-brown patches on the anterior pronotal angles till I saw my blown-up images.

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Aphodius no doubt. Why is th
Aphodius no doubt. Why is this in Carabids?

 
Asleep at the keyboard :-)
Do Aphodius get this big? Never mind. I see that they do and that I probably had seen your images before although I seemed to have missed Tom's when they came in.

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