Bury Wildlife

Scarabaeidae - Dung and Scarab Beetles

Aphodius sphacelatus is very similar to A. prodromus and both can be found together in dung. A. sphacelatus can be distinguished by the suture line that runs across the top of its head and by the 8th elytral stria which reaches level with the base of the scutellum. Very tentative.


Aphodius prodromus This rather cylindrical looking Dung Beetle has yellow-brown ribbed elytra with a black thorax. Length 5 to 7 mm. It is possibly the commonest of the dung beetles but is very similar to Aphodius sphacelatus. A. prodromus is generally larger and darker, and lacks the suture that runs laterally across the head plate of A. spacelatu


Aphodius fimetarius This rather cylindrical looking Dung Beetle has an orange-red ribbed elytra with a black head and thorax. There are other similar species but A. fimetarius has an even border around the thorax . Common on all dung.


Aphodius depressus (Smooth Scutelum rules out A Fosser not as rounded as the commoner A Granarius & A Ater) Similar to other specuies so very Tentative as requires detailed examination.


Aphodius rufipes found in cow dung very tentative (Smooth Scutelum rules out A Fosser) Similar to other specuies but this specimen has the brown tinge and longer body of A Depressus. Tentative as requires detailed examination.


Aphodius haemorrhoidalis  is a small dung beetle, measuring around 4mm in length. Not common Not found in GMC  with red patches to rear of elecyra found in cattle dung


Common Cockchafer - Melolontha melolontha Frequents hedgerows and gardens. It is attracted to light, and often crashes into lighted windows at night during early summer. reported as common after reduction in spraying. This found Wythenshawe Park 2014

Hydrophilidae - Water scavenger beetles

Sphaeridium lunatum Length 5.5 to 7.5 mm. A very smooth, blackish dome shaped beetle with pale yellow tips to the lytra and faint reddish blotches on its sides. Adults feed on the fresh dung of herbivorous animals; their young are predators of small insect larvae. Not reported GMC.


Helophorus grandis found in a weedy pond. very common


Cercyon melanocephalus A distinctive 'Dung Beetle' with a reddish elytra and black triangular colouration over the scutellar area. Though a member of the water beetle family, this species lives in dung, effectively 'swimming' through it. Common but not reported before in GMC


Helophorus brevipalpis holcombe  25/03/12