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Onthophagus Dung Beetle

Onthophagus sp.


Black scarab beetle, about 1cm in length, not including what seems to be a "tail" at its rear. Onthophagus Latreille, 1802, is a genus of Scarabaeidae or Scarab Beetles in the superfamily Scarabaeoidea, subfamily Scarabaeinae, tribe Onthophagini. It includes around 2000 species, distributed globally. Dung beetles are beetles that feed partly or exclusively on feces. All of these species belong to the superfamily Scarabaeoidea; most of them to the subfamilies Scarabaeinae and Aphodiinae of the family Scarabaeidae. This beetle can also be referred to as the Scarab Beetle. As most species of Scarabaeinae feed exclusively on feces, that subfamily is often dubbed True Dung Beetles.


Spotted nighttime in the laundry area, backyard.


Reference: Classification: Beetles (Coleoptera) » Water, Rove, Scarab, Longhorn, Leaf and Snout Beetles (Polyphaga) » Scarab, Stag and Bess Beetles (Scarabaeoidea) » Scarab Beetles (Scarabaeidae) » Dung Beetles (Scarabaeinae) » Onthophagus.

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Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Oct 21, 2012
Submitted on Oct 28, 2012

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