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Species Geotrupes opacus - Opaque Earth Boring Beetle

Geotrupid - Geotrupes opacus Dung Beetle - Geotrupes opacus Dung beetle of some kind? - Geotrupes opacus Blue-bellied Scarab? - Geotrupes opacus Geotrupes opacus Haldeman, 1853 - Geotrupes opacus Beetle - Geotrupes opacus Beetle - Geotrupes opacus Beetle - Geotrupes opacus
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 Geotrupidae (Earth-Boring Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Geotrupinae
Genus Geotrupes
Species opacus (Opaque Earth Boring Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Geotrupes (Geohowdenius) opacus Haldeman 1853
= Geotrupes haldemani Jekel 1865
= Geotrupes chevrolati Jekel 1865
12.5-17.3 mm (1)
Moderately dull; black; elytra without striae, just rows of punctures (same as ulkei) - easy to ID
c US (TX-LA-OH-SD-CO) (1)
prefers sandy areas (1)
Apr-Oct in NE (1)
See Also
- similar, except for shininess...
Geotrupes ulkei Blanchard 1888
Det. Phillip Harpootlian, 2006
Print References
Haldeman, S.S. 1853. Descriptions of some new species of insects, with observations on described species. Proceedings of the Academy of Natural Sciences of Philadelphia 6(9): 361-365. (362)
Works Cited
1.The Scarabaeoid Beetles of Nebraska
Brett C. Ratcliffe & M.J. Paulsen. 2008. University of Nebraska State Museum, Vol 22, 570 pp.