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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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15 May, 2015

Scarab or dung beetle: Aphodius fimetarius | Nature Notes from Dorset

Scarab or dung beetles perform a vital role in the world; their job is to clear up droppings of various herbivorous animals, especially farm animals, and several members of this family of beetle can sometimes be found feeding on cow-pats if you take the time to crumble one up (something I have never done)!
This particular species, Aphodius fimetarius, does not bury the dung but feeds directly on it above ground but they are rarely seen as they are mainly nocturnal, indeed they can be frequently found in moth light traps.

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