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Species Onthophagus taurus - Bull Headed Dung Beetle

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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 Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Scarabaeinae (Dung Beetles)
Tribe Onthophagini
Genus Onthophagus
Species taurus (Bull Headed Dung Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Onthophagus taurus (Schreber 1759)
6.0-11.5 mm(1)
Marked sexual dimorphism. Males have 2 horns:
adventive in e. US, CA-OR (NH-FL to MO-TX) - Map (1)(2)(3)(4)(5), intentionally released in CA, native to w. Palaearctic
Dung generalist
Life Cycle
Some females practice brood parasitism
earliest record in our area: FL 1971(1)