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Forest dung beetle

Anoplotrupes stercorosus


The colour of Anoplotrupes stercorosus is blue-black, while the underside is usually metallic blue. The elytra have longitudinal slightly dotted grooves. The adults grow up to 12–20 mm long and can be encountered from June through next Spring, mainly in beech forests. This dung beetle feeds on feces, rotting fungi and tree lymph of the host-plants.


This beetle is present in the whole Europe and can be found in woodland, though it can also occur on heathland, moorland and grassland.


Spotted in National Park Veluwezoom, Holland. (sources:see reference)

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Gelderland, Netherlands

Spotted on Oct 26, 2015
Submitted on Oct 28, 2015

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