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Dung Beetle

Bubas bison

Description:

About 14mm in length, this Scarab is glossy black in colour; it sports a double horn on the head and distinct longitudinal grooves on the elytra. Sides and underside are covered with pale brown hairs. As Dung Beetles do, this species collects and buries dung from September to June, in which the females lay their eggs.

Habitat:

Shrubland, about 7-8km inland from the ocean.

Notes:

This species has been introduced to Australia to help remove cow dung when native species' activity is low, in order to reduce Bush Fly (Musca vetustissima) numbers.

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Felix Fleck
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Felix Fleck

Algarve, Portugal

Spotted on Oct 25, 2014
Submitted on Apr 8, 2017

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