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Earth-boring dung beetle - Geotrupes stercorarius
Earth-boring dung beetle - Geotrupes stercorarius


Geotrupes stercorarius
Geotrupes stercorarius belongs to the family of earth-boring dung beetles. It is found in Europe, Asia and Canada.

Geotrupes stercorarius reach lengths of 16 mm to 25 mm. The face of the beetle is black or black-blue, and the underside is blue, blue-green or blueviolet. The beetles are slightly hairy. Their wing covers each have 7 long rows of weak spots. The beetle can make noises. with its rear hips.
Geotrupes stercorarius
Geotrupes stercorarius
The beetle prefers to live in forests. The adults fly at night close to the ground making a loud humming sound. In the spring males and females dig a 40 cm long underground tunnel for mating, which leads into several chambers, which can be reached through temporary tunnels. In the chambers, balls of dung are placed before the larvae as a future food supply. The side passages to the chambers are then filled with feces and sealed with clay. The larvae need approximately 1 year to grow up and then to turn into pupae.

The number of Geotrupes stercorarius is declining.
Earth-boring dung beetle -  Geotrupes stercorarius - front view
Earth-boring dung beetle - Geotrupes stercorarius - front view

Geotrupes (Geotrupes) stercorarius
Common namesCommon Dor Beetle, Dor Beetle
German namesGemeiner Mistkäfer, Mistkäfer, Waldmistkäfer, Pferd Dungkäfer, Großer Rosskäfer
Danish namesOverdrevsskarnbasse
Finnish namesSontiainen, Isosittiäinen
Norwegian namesEngtordivel
Swedish namesFälttordyvel
French namesGéotrupe du fumier, Bousier
AuthorMarsham, 1802
Distribution
Continents:

Eurasia
Europe
North Europe (British Isles (United Kingdom (Great Britain (England (North England (Northwest England (Cheshire))))), Ireland), Germany (West Germany (North Rhine-Westphalia)), Scandinavia (Norway, Sweden, Denmark), Fennoscandia (Finland), Baltic region (Baltic States (Estonia, Latvia))), West Europe (Austria, France (South France (Corsica)), Switzerland, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg)), South Europe (Italy (Italy Islands (Sicily), North Italy), Iberian Peninsula (Spain)), Central Europe (Hungary, Poland, Czech Republic (Moravia, Bohemia), Slovakia), Southeast Europe (Romania, Yugoslavia), East Europe (Belarus)
Asia
West Asia (Near East (Turkey)), Far East (East Asia (Mongolia)), North Asia
Russia
Siberia
America
Central America
Guatemala
North America
Canada, Saint Pierre and Miquelon


Ecozones: Palaearctic, Nearctic

CountriesAustria, Belarus, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Guatemala, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Latvia, Luxembourg, Mongolia, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Romania, Russia, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, United Kingdom
Taxonomic statusSynonymus of Geotrupes (Geotrupes) spiniger
Links and ReferencesGeotrupes stercorarius in faunaeur.org
Geotrupes stercorarius in itis.gov
Geotrupes stercorarius in dyntaxa.se
Geotrupes stercorarius in Wikipedia (English)

Description of images / photos
Photography with Cameras
Nikon D3x, Nikon D300, Canon 50D
Image editing with Photoshop
1. Earth-boring dung beetle - Geotrupes stercorarius
2. Geotrupes stercorarius
3. Earth-boring dung beetle - Geotrupes stercorarius - front view
Quick search: Geotrupes - Stercorarius - Larva - Beetle - Beetles - Blue
Food - Dung - English - Earth - Black - Larvae - Rear - Wing
Taxonomy
ClassInsecta
Insects, True insects
SubclassPterygota
Winged insects
InfraclassNeoptera
Wing-folding insects
SuperorderHolometabola
Holometabolous Insects
OrderColeoptera
Beetles, Coleopterans
SuborderPolyphaga
Polyphags
InfraorderScarabaeiformia
SuperfamilyScarabaeoidea
Scarab Beetles, Stag Beetles, Bess Beetles, Dung Beetles, DŽor Beetles, Chafer
FamilyGeotrupidae
Dor beetles, Earth-boring dung beetles, Dung beetles, Earth-boring scarab beetles
SubfamilyGeotrupinae
TribeLethrini
GenusGeotrupes
Earth-boring dung beetle
SubgenusGeotrupes
Earth-boring dung beetle
Speciesstercorarius
Geotrupes stercorarius
Common Dor Beetle, Dor Beetle
AuthorMarsham, 1802
 
Synonyms
Geotrupes bannani
Geotrupes chalybaeus
Geotrupes exaratus
Geotrupes fimicola
Geotrupes intermedius
Geotrupes juvencus
Geotrupes koltzei
Geotrupes minor
Geotrupes punctatostriatus
Geotrupes punstatostriatus
Geotrupes putridarius
Geotrupes quartanarius
Geotrupes subrugulosus
Geotrupes subviolaceus
Geotrupes virescens
Scarabaeus foveatus
Scarabaeus foveolatus
Scarabaeus stercorarius
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Keywords
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German Flag Gemeiner Mistkäfer
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