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Species Bolbocerosoma farctum

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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 Bolboceratinae
Genus Bolbocerosoma
Species farctum (Bolbocerosoma farctum)
Other Common Names
Fancy Dung Beetle (1)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Bolbocerosoma farctum (Fabricius, 1775). Synonyms:
Bolbocerosoma farctus (spelling)
Explanation of Names
Species name apparently from Latin farc meaning stuff or stuffing, thus farctus = stuffed (2).
8-13 mm.
A large, very convex beetle, with a bold yelowish/reddish and black pattern. Male has tubercle (small wart-like horn) on clypeus (front of head just above mouthparts). "Antennal club large, round, and convex on both sides; eyes entirely divided" (3) (4).
East of the Rocky Mountains: New York to Ohio, south to Georgia, Miss., South Carolina
Found in burrows and at lights (4).
June-October (South Carolina). May-October (North Carolina).
See Also
Bolbocerosoma hamatum of the southeastern coastal plain, is very similar, see Harpootlian (4) for a key. Ranges overlap little, if any.
Bolbocerosoma tumefactum has mostly yellowish pronotum with dark spot.
Print References
Borror, entry for farc (2)
Papp, p. 184, fig. 630 (1)
Arnett et al., pp. 173-174, fig. 426 (3)
Harpootlian, p. 54 (4)
Brimley, p. 201 (5)
Works Cited
1.Introduction to North American Beetles
Charles S. Papp. 1984. Entomography Pubns.
2.Dictionary of Word Roots and Combining Forms
Donald J. Borror. 1960. Mayfield Publishing Company.
3.How to Know the Beetles
Ross H. Arnett, N. M. Downie, H. E. Jaques. 1980. Wm. C. Brown Publishers.
4.Scarab beetles (Coleoptera: Scarabaeidae) of South Carolina
Phillip J. Harpootlian. 2001. Clemson University Public Service.
5.Insects of North Carolina
C.S. Brimley. 1938. North Carolina Department of Agriculture.