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Dung Beetle - Ateuchus

Dung Beetle - Ateuchus
Mobile (Dog River), Mobile County, Alabama, USA
June 22, 2011
Size: ~4mm
Best photos I could get fo this somewhat uncooperative little beetle ... really did not like being on its back.

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Dung Beetle - Ateuchus Small Beetle - Ateuchus

neat bug; hope others bring it home
Moved from Beetles.

Mr. Robert: There are two spp in FL, A. lecontei and A. histeroides.
I don't know if there are more, or different ones in AL. In any case,
check the posterior angle of lateral pronotal margin. If it is at the
level of the elytra, it would be A. lecontei. The other one forms
noticably below the level of the elytra. You should have a 9 seg-ant,
no scutellum and eight elytral stria. Let's see if the experts agree.

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