Dung Beetle

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Dung beetleGenus: Onthophagus
Species: Onthophagus tweedensis
Common names: Dung beetle
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We recently set a trap to determine if any dung beetles were active in the Reserve and caught 3 native dung beetles, 2 females and one male, that were identified as Onthophagus tweedensis. This species is relatively uncommon in the Brisbane area and has previously been recorded at Chapel Hill and Mt. Coot-tha. These beetles are about 10 mm long with the male slightly longer than the female. The photograph is of the male. I have previously observed Onthophagus dandalu in the same part of the Reserve.

(April 2009)