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  • Earth-Boring Scarab Beetle - (Bolbocerasoma sp.)

    Earth-Boring Scarab Beetle - (Bolbocerasoma sp.)

    Earth-Boring Scarab Beetles play an important role as the 'cleaners' in their food web.


    Picture of Earth-Boring Scarab Beetle


    Staff Writer (9/29/2014): As their name suggests, Earth-Boring Scarab Beetles dig into the ground, sometimes up to 2-3 meters (6-9 feet) deep. An egg is laid at the end of each long tunnel and food is left there for the growing grub. Food includes: fungi, dung, compost and decaying plant material. Once hatched, the beetle grub will eat its food stash, crawl its way up the tunnel to the surface and pupate into its winged adult form.

    Adults also eat dung, hummus and rotting plant matter. They are commonly found in compost heaps and on (or in) manure piles. While the Earth-Boring Scarab Beetle's diet seems somewhat unsavory to people, the consumption of the nutrients left in that food source allows valuable resources to return to the food web when the beetle itself is consumed by a predator. It is a natural way to recycle and reuse minerals and vitamins quickly.

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    Earth-Boring Scarab Beetle


    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Earth-Boring Scarab Beetle
    Scientific Name: Bolbocerasoma sp.

    Taxonomy:
      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Geotrupidae
           Genus: Bolbocerasoma
            Species: sp.





    Size (Adult, Length): 10mm to 14mm (0.39in to 0.55in)

    Identifying Colors: orange, black

    Additional Descriptors: flying, dome, round, horn, mummy


    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Connecticut; Delaware; Illinois; Indiana; Kentucky; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Mississippi; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; Ohio; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; Tennessee; Vermont; Virginia; ; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec


    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.





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