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Species Onthophagus hecate - Scooped Scarab

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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 hecate (Scooped Scarab)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Onthophagus hecate (Panzer)
Orig. Comb: Scarabaeus hecate Panzer 1794
6-9 mm
dull black, with a brassy look. Pronotum densely granulate.
Major males have a long "horn" jutting from pronotum, usually bifurcated at end:
e NA to Rockies (NM-FL-QC-SK) (BG data)
Mostly: Apr-Sept (Mar-Dec) (BG data)
Dung, rotting fruit, carrion.
Life Cycle
Found on dung and carrion.
This must be quite a little fighter, with such armament!
Print References
Arnett, p. 170, fig. 417 (1)
Brimley, p. 199 (2)
Dillon, p. 514, Plate XLIX (3)
Harpootlian, p. 21, figs. 29, 248 (4)
Internet References
Insects of Quebec has photos of specimens.
Works Cited
1.How to Know the Beetles
Ross H. Arnett, N. M. Downie, H. E. Jaques. 1980. Wm. C. Brown Publishers.
2.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.
3.A Manual of Common Beetles of Eastern North America
Dillon, Elizabeth S., and Dillon, Lawrence. 1961. Row, Peterson, and Company.
4.Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of South Carolina
Phillip J. Harpootlian. 2001. Clemson University Public Service.