Aphodius conspurcatus (Linnaeus, 1758)       Notable B
Widely distributed but very local throughout Britain, rarer in southern England and Scotland. Occurs in various types of dung and habitats but perhaps more especially in horse dung in woodland. Rarely in exposed situations. Adults occur from Feb-May and again from August to October, also occasionally during the winter. These need to be carefully searched for as they may occur among large numbers of superficially similar (at least in the field) species e.g. A.prodromus and A.sphacelatus, see Dung sampling techniques.

4-5mm. Clypeus bordered and punctate, without setae, obtusely produced in front of eyes, black with reddish borders, at least laterally. Male with three tubercles on posterior edge. Pronotum with sparse large punctures becoming more dense laterally, between these with much smaller punctures, obvious at X20. Black with lateral margin broadly yellow, front margin often narrowly yellow. Basal margin distinctly bordered. Scutellum equilateral, black or dark brown. Elytra glabrous, light yellow in life fading to light brown in set specimens, with obvious and well defined dark marks to interstices 3,4,5 and 7. Apices somewhat shining. Antennae and palpi dark, almost black. Legs dark brown, tarsi lighter.

Description from 1 Watford specimen at X20


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