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.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

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

    UK Map