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Summer Chafer Amphimallon solstitiale (Linnaeus, 1758)

Amphimallon solstitialis Amphimallon solstitialis


Welsh Chafer Hoplia philanthus (Füessly, 1775)

Hoplia philanthus
  • East Pit, Cherry Hinton, TL484558. 30 Jun 2015
  • The single long hind claws are distinctive
  • Larvae food includes grass roots, so can be a problem in sports turf and lawns.
  • Throughout England & Wales (the reason for calling it Welsh Chafer is lost in history) NBN Atlas


Aphodius ater (De Geer, 1774)

Aphodius ater
  • Cambridge, garden. 22 May 2016
  • Family Aphodiidae (sometimes included in the Scarabaeidae).
  • Smaller than A. fossor below at 4-6mm, pronotum heavily punctured.
  • Found in various types of dung and decaying vegetable matter.
  • NBN Atlas


Aphodius contaminatus (Herbst, 1973)

Aphodius contaminatus
  • Cambridge, garden. 8 Oct 2015
  • One of a couple of species of lighter coloured dung beetles.
  • A. obliteratus is quite similar but less hairy, and the spots tend to run together.
  • NBN Atlas


Aphodius fossor (Linnaeus, 1758)

Aphodius fossor
  • Stourbridge Common, TL469597. 26 Jul 2016
  • Large (usually 9-12mm) and common beetle found on wet dung of horses and cattle.
  • NBN Atlas


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