Aphodius ater


4 to 6 mm. Head black, narrowly expanded laterally in front of eyes, evenly rounded then sinuate to front angles, front margin distinctly curved. Pronotum black, very convex and shining, finely bordered, evenly punctured throughout with large and small punctures. Elytra uniformly black or sometimes obscurely reddish, appearing dull against pronotum. Legs black. Hind tarsi with first segment as long as next three together.

Identification difficulty
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Found in various types of dung as well as decaying vegetable matter.

When to see it

Peak time is April to August.

UK Status

Widespread and quite common in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent and possibly under recorded in our area. 

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