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Photo#369547
aphodiine - Aphodius stupidus

aphodiine - Aphodius stupidus
near Pensacola, Escambia County, Florida, USA
January 28, 2010
This was caught in a dung/malt trap in sandhill or clearcut with sand pine.

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aphodiine - Aphodius stupidus aphodiine - Aphodius stupidus

Moved tentatively -- pending Dr Skelley's verdict
Moved from ID Request.

 
stupidus-dumasi
This one is definately stupidus. Dumasi has very distinctly hairy pronotum. No ruse, different species.

 
Is it really that dumb?
;-)

 
Stupid, not dumb
There's another, closely related, species termed I. dumasi, which is supposedly named after Alexandre Dumas, but I have good reason to believe that this is a ruse. See here:
http://www.unl.edu/museum/research/entomology/Newsletter/Scarabs30.pdf
(be aware if you have a slow connection that it's a 7mb download)

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