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Dung Beetle - Geotrupes balyi

Dung Beetle - Geotrupes balyi
Paris Mountain State Park, Greenville County, South Carolina, USA
March 30, 2006
I found a pair of these beetles working on a pile of dung. They were on a dry trail at about 1700 feet above sea level. The beetles made interesting scratchy clicking sounds as they worked.

From browsing the guide, it looks like it might be a Geotrupes species, perhaps Geotrupes splendidus?

Moved from Geotrupes.

G. splendidus
Paris Mtn! One of my favorite places to hike. G. splendidus is very common there - I've seen them there 'almost' all year round.

G. balyi?
Why isn't this G. balyi? It looks like the sutural striae wrap around the scutellum. Also, doesn't balyi have that deep medial impression that runs the entire length of the pronotum? Finally, most of the G. splendidus that I have seen have at least some brassy red reflexions.

possible ..
but can't be sure, moving to genus

Many of these are just tough to tell from live material - thats another good reason to get some of your well lit detailed shots!

Thanks Phillip! That gives us SC for the BugGuide map.

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