The Beetle on the Beach

by Jarvo J July. 29, 2016 1335 views


The beetle on the beach didn't look to healthy. I thought is was going to die. Wondering if it had struggled for too long on the warm evening sand, I carried it to the grass near the car park. It started moving then. I don't know whether it was really happier there or perhaps trying to get back to the sand for some more sunbathing.

When I got home I tried identifying the beetle on the beach. Now I was the one struggling.  After much deliberation I rejected Chrysomela tremula as its tarsal segments are too long and that type of beetle may now not even exist in the UK. I then thought it may be a Garden Chafer, Phyllopertha horticola, but its head isn't greenish and it doesn't look hairy enough. 

I now think it's probably some sort of dung beetle; Aphodius fimetarius. That would explain the ridges in its carapace and the little antennae which are almost invisible on the beach beetle.  Did somebody say dung beetle? Yuk, I had that on my hand!

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Olga Helys 5 years, 1 month ago

so lovely!

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Gillian Parsons 5 years, 1 month ago

What fun you do have......

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Helen Hooker 5 years, 1 month ago

Lol, the downside to being the Good Samaritan!

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Becky Brannon 5 years, 1 month ago

Better on the beach, than in my home

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Jarvo J Replied to Becky Brannon 5 years, 1 month ago

Oh, they're so sweet though.

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Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 1 month ago

I have monster beetles like that in my pond!

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Jarvo J Replied to Marilyn Grimble 5 years, 1 month ago

Fantastic.

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Jay Boggess 5 years, 1 month ago

It looks like a Dung Beetle to me too! A dirty job, but I guess "someone" has to do it.....(((grin)))

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Jarvo J Replied to Jay Boggess 5 years, 1 month ago

I couldn't.

5 years, 1 month ago Edited
Jay Boggess Replied to Jarvo J 5 years, 1 month ago

:=D
Nor I!

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