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Photo#114360
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
Very fuzzy image but it shows three small horn-like projections, one in the middle of the face and one over each eye. I wonder if this is a very minor male and if so, what a major male's horns might look like.

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concerning "horns"
. . . they are in fact better visible in males of this species (guess, it is one), but never grow bigger. The minor/major polymorphism is not found in Aphodius.

 
Thanks, Boris.
I noticed Tom Murray's had horns about the same size.

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