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Genus Peltotrupes

Still working on getting decent photos of these guys. - Peltotrupes youngi deepdigger - Peltotrupes youngi deepdigger - Peltotrupes youngi Likely Peltotrupes profundus - Peltotrupes profundus Likely Peltotrupes profundus - Peltotrupes profundus Peltotrupes profundus - female Metallic blue beetle - Peltotrupes profundus Ocala deep digger beetle - Peltotrupes youngi - female
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga
Superfamily Scarabaeoidea
Family Geotrupidae (Earth-Boring Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Geotrupinae
Genus Peltotrupes
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Explanation of Names
Peltotrupes Blanchard 1888
Greek 'shield + borer'
Numbers
Two species: P. profundus (Howden 1952) [species of concern] and P. youngi Howden 1955 [rare](1)
Range
both spp. endemic to Florida(1)
Habitat
Sand scrub
Season
Adults active primarily from fall to spring
Remarks
attracted to fermenting malt traps
Print References
Howden H.F. (1952) A new name of Geotrupes (Peltotrupes) Chalybaeus LeConte, with a description of the larva and its biology (Scarabaeidae). The Coleopterists Bulletin 6: 41-48.
Howden H.F. (1955) Biology and taxonomy of North American beetles of the subfamily Geotrupinae with revisions of the genera Bolbocerosoma, Eucanthus, Geotrupes and Peltotrupes (Scarabaeidae). Proceedings of the United States National Museum 104: 151-319. (2)
Woodruff R.E. 1973. The scarab beetles of Florida, part I (3)
Internet References
Works Cited
1. A distributional checklist of the beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida.
Peck & Thomas. 1998. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, Gainesville. 180 pp.
2.Biology and taxonomy of North American beetles of the subfamily Geotrupinae, with revisions of the genera....
H.F. Howden. 1955. Proceedings of the United States National Museum, 104(3342): 151-319, plates 1-18.
3.The Scarab Beetles of Florida
Robert Woodruff. 1973. Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.