Aphodius contaminatus


Pronotum fringed with hairs, a bit like false eye-lashes stuck along the rim. This species has a regular pattern of black streaks on the elytra. In contrast, A. prodromus has quite plain elytra with no black dashes only the dark area of the wings can be seen through the elytra.

Identification difficulty

Found in various types of dung, particularly horse dung.

When to see it

Mainly an autumnal species - found between August and October.

UK Status

It is common and widespread in Britain and often abundant, although there seem to be few records from the south west of England.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 57 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

be our species champion

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map