Aphodius contaminatus

    Description

    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
    Habitat

    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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    UK Map