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 Aphodius fimetarius? - Aphodius fimetarius

Aphodius fimetarius? - Aphodius fimetarius
Antelope Island, Davis County, Utah, USA
March 15, 2009
Size: about 1/4 inch
I hate to admit I was photographing buffalo doo but there were some interesting beetles I'd never seen before. I'm guessing this one is Aphodius fimetarius (with the red antenna). Is that right?

i'm proud to admit...
...that i went thru tons of mammal doo, bar none, for beetles. You're probably right about this one, THE commonest one throughout temperate Eurasia (found even in meager horse manure despised by more sophisticated palates) and nowadays, apparently, this continent, too
really good pieces of cow dung (right place/right time) may offer up to a dozen or more aphodiine species and about that many other dung beetles, plus many histerids, sphaeridiine hydrophilids, and a wide variety of rove beetles

Yes, I even found various spiders lunching on the flies that were feasting on the doo. I found a very cool spider that eluded me by dragging its prey (a dung fly) into a crack in the dung. I balked at going in after it for a photo. Lack of true dedication, I guess.

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