Dung Beetle

Aphodius species


Over all length 3.5 - 5mm. A small beetle with a black head and pronotum and brown elytra, often marked darker. This is a genus that contains some very similar species. 


Adults and larvae feed on dung, quite often in cowpats.

Status and distribution

Fairly common and widespread in England and Wales, less so further north. Common in Nottinghamshire in suitable habitat (lots of cowpats). One record for Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

July to September.