Geotrupes spiniger


A big black and slightly lustrous dung beetle.

Similar Species

 Very similar to Geotrupes stercorarius but in Geotrupes spiniger the outer edge of the mandible has a distinct lobe.

Identification difficulty

In pastures grazed by herbivores.

When to see it

May to October.

Life History

The larvae live in the dung of herbivores.

UK Status

Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional in Leicestershire & Rutland. There were a total of 11 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