Aphodius rufus


Length 5 to 7 mm. The pronotum usually has a paler lateral margin and the elytra colour can vary.  It can resemble several other Aphodius species, and detailed examination is necessary.

Identification difficulty

Found in various types of dung.

When to see it

A late summer/autumn species – late June to early October.

UK Status

Locally frequent throughout England and in some areas of Wales and Scotland.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 31 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map