Bug of the Week: Aphodius erraticus

The bug of the week is Aphodius erraticus. This is a species I have used in experiments during my PhD, and is particularly endearing. Its elytra is a charming golden-bronze, with dark inner striae which almost gives the impression of an extra-long scutellum. This is one of the most common European species, and it can also be found in North America. It was inadvertently introduced across the pond in soil ballast, or perhaps from livestock dung on less than pristine ships.



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