Forest dung beetles and dor beetles

Photo: Arne Ader
Translation: Liis
 
Forest dung beetle.
 
    Forest dung beetle
 
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The forest dung beetle is the dor beetle's "little brother”. Actually dor beetles (Geotrupes stercorarius)  have become quite few, as have cow pats with the decline of farming. But in the forest one can still meet its smaller relative.
 

Beetles living in the soil are all dark, some of them pitch black. The length of the forest dung beetle is a couple of centimetres for the bigger ones; its legs are strong and with spurs – they have to be used for digging soil. Note the feelers, with small fans at the ends.



 

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