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Photo#12480
Beetle - Geotrupes egeriei

Beetle - Geotrupes egeriei
Fort Bragg, Cumberland County, North Carolina, USA
July 23, 2004

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Geotrupes egeriei
This is not an uncommon sp. - the very oval shape and the striae have a more metallic hue than the surrounding elytral intervals should be diagnostic.

Earth-boring scarab
Neato! You do not often see these beetles, genus Geotrupes. They have been recently split out into their own family, Geotrupidae. I have found them digging beneath raccoon scat laden with pokeberry fruit. Usually, these insects use humus as food for their larvae.

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