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An identification guide to common Dung Beetles of South Dakota

Dung beetle facts

  • Dung beetles have been found on every continent in the world except Antarctica.
  • There are over 6,000 known species of dung beetles.
  • Some dung beetles are picky eaters and prefer only specific types of animal dung.
  • Most dung beetles exhibit parental care for their young.
  • Dung beetles are extremely territorial and often compete with one another for food and nesting space.
  • Dung beetles have a critical role in the function of many ecosystems by speeding up the dung decomposition process and cycling important nutrients into the soil.
  • Most dung beetle species do not have common names.