Saturday, 11 January 2014

Aphodius conspurcatus



Aphodius conspurcatus found Today 11/01/2014

This little Beetle seems to be doing very well on Coed-y-moeth Comin, its regarded as a Notable B species, widespread but very local, (map). I've also taken it from, Grandin's Fields/Aberbargoed Grasslands, Mynydd Bedwellte and even my garden, though only in ones and twos. Judging by others experience, this seems to be the norm...more info here. However, its a different story on the Common, one small sample i did produced 40. They were found in higher numbers to that of Aphodius sphacelatus...a common dung beetle.

View of West facing slope of Comin Coed-y-moeth


A. conspurcatus is a Dung Beetle, so dung is usually the best place to start your search. On this particular common it's the Horse that plays the important roll in providing these Beetles with their homes, i've also taken it from Cow dung. Searching through dung can be a very productive method for finding Beetles. If you fancy a go, then this maybe of interest to you. Dung sampling

Meet the landlords...Photo taken last Winter.



PDF key to dung beetles and chafers.  Can be found in the link Volume 5 part 11.
Key to Beetles

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