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Family: Bolboceratidae (Dor beetles)

Life > Eukaryotes > Opisthokonta > Metazoa (animals) > Bilateria > Ecdysozoa > Panarthropoda > Tritocerebra > Arthopoda > Mandibulata > Atelocerata > Panhexapoda > Hexapoda > Insecta (insects) > Dicondyla > Pterygota > Metapterygota > Neoptera > Eumetabola > Holometabola > Coleoptera > Polyphaga

Similar in appearance and habit to the dung beetles.  Medium to large (10-25mm). Very rounded and globular and reddish brown. Front tibia adapted for digging, elytra grooved and the underside is covered with hair. They occur under all types of dung, rotting wood and carrion. The adults bury cattle and antelope dung on which the eggs are laid. Adults also eat the dung.


Bolboceratidae, 10-25mm. [image by M. Picker & C. Griffiths , from Field Guide to Insects of South Africa, used with permission].


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