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Species Canthon vigilans

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Classification
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 Scarabaeidae (Scarab Beetles)
Subfamily Scarabaeinae (Dung Beetles)
Tribe Deltochilini
Genus Canthon (Tumblebugs)
No Taxon (subgenus Canthon)
Species vigilans (Canthon vigilans)
Explanation of Names
Canthon vigilans LeConte 1858
vigilans 'watchful' (reference to the large eyes)
Size
13-20 mm(1)
Identification
eyes large (for this genus), about half as wide as long. Clypeus toothed.
Range
e. US (ON-MA-FL to NE-TX) - Map (2)(3)(4)(5)
Habitat
Typically open areas, pastures
Season
Mar-Jul (and later?) in SC(1)
Food
Adults associated with dung for breeding--unclear if they feed on it.
Life Cycle
The dung ball is buried and the female oviposits on it. Adults come to lights (most Canthon do not)(1)
Print References
Brown W.J. (1946) Notes on some species of Canthon and Dichelonyx (Coleoptera, Scarabaeidae). Can. Entomol. 78: 101–109.
Internet References
Type - MCZ, Harvard
Works Cited
1.Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of South Carolina
Phillip J. Harpootlian. 2001. Clemson University Public Service.
2.Checklist of beetles (Coleoptera) of Canada and Alaska. Second edition
Bousquet Y., Bouchard P., Davies A.E., Sikes D.S. 2013. ZooKeys 360: 1–402.
3.A Distributional Checklist of the Beetles (Coleoptera) of Florida
4.The Scarabaeoid Beetles of Nebraska
Brett C. Ratcliffe & M.J. Paulsen. 2008. University of Nebraska State Museum, Vol 22, 570 pp.
5.Global Biodiversity Information Facility (GBIF)