Aphodius prodromus (Brahm, 1790)

Female
Found throughout England, Wales and Scotland in and around a range of types of dung. While Jessop states that it is rarely found in cow dung in our experience this medium seems hardly less favoured than others. Common and often very abundant from February-June and again September-November, common throughout the Watford area in suitable habitats. Specimens are not uncommon among winter flood refuse. During sunny spells in early March 2007 the species was found in flight throughout Whippendell wood, often (apparently) far from dung.

4-7mm. Specimens must be examined carefully as there are closely similar species. Clypeus smoothly rounded and with anterior margin virtually straight (A.contaminatus), obtusely angled in front of eye. Fronto-clypeal suture absent (A.sphacelatus). Pronotum glabrous, the fine lateral bead is continued across the base but this may be inturrupted medially. Black or dark brown with front angle and lateral margin yellow, this sometimes extends onto the basal margin. Finely punctate throughout but also with scattered much larger punctures. Elytra characteristically patterned, at least apical half with sparse pale pubescence. Scutellum short (A.erraticus) and triangular i.e. not constricted basally. Eighth elytral stria ends abrubtly before scutellum (A.sphacelatus). Male with elytral pubescence longer and clypeus more prominent in front of eye, anterior spur of protibia truncate.

Description from 6 Watford specimens at X20

See ID Aids A.prodromus/A.sphacelatus


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