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Species Geotrupes splendidus - Splendid Earth Boring Beetle

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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)
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea (Scarab, Stag and Bess Beetles)
Family Geotrupidae (Earth-Boring Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Geotrupinae
Genus Geotrupes
Species splendidus (Splendid Earth Boring Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Geotrupes splendidus (Fabricius, 1775). Synonyms:
Scarabaeus splendidus Fabricius 1775:18
Geotrupes blackburni Beauvois 1805:75
Geotrupes miarophagus Say 1823:210
Geotrupes gilnickii Jekel 1865:608
Geotrupes starki Jekel 1865:609
Geotrupes mixtus Horn 1868:316
Cnemotrupes splendidus (Fabricius), Zunino 1984:98
Numbers
9 spp. n. of Mex. (1)
Size
13.0-20.5 mm (1)
Identification
Bright green, purplish black, or sometimes light blue. Pronotum coarsely, unevenly punctate. Elytral striae with distinct punctures.
Range
TX-GA-QC-NE (2)(1)
Season
Mar-Nov in NE (1)
Food
Prefer fungi as food as well as feces, carrion, feathers, and fermenting malt. Also drawn to isoamylamine and butyric and proprionic acids(3)
Life Cycle
Provision brood burrows with dead leaves(3)
Works Cited
1.The Scarabaeoid Beetles of Nebraska
Brett C. Ratcliffe & M.J. Paulsen. 2008. University of Nebraska State Museum, Vol 22, 570 pp.
2.An annotated checklist of the Scarabaeoidea of Texas.
Edward G. Riley & Charles S. Wolfe. 2003. Southwestern Entomologist, Supplement. 37 pp.
3.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.