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Species Onthophagus taurus - Bull Headed Dung 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 Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Scarabaeinae (Dung Beetles)
Tribe Onthophagini
Genus Onthophagus
Species taurus (Bull Headed Dung Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Onthophagus taurus (Schreber 1759)
Numbers
6.0-11.5 mm(1)
Identification
Marked sexual dimorphism. Males have 2 horns:
Range
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
Food
Dung generalist
Life Cycle
Some females practice brood parasitism
Remarks
earliest record in our area: FL 1971(1)