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Small Black Dung Beetle - Copris minutus TL: ~1 cm. Shiny black head with horn; pronotum with prominence; elytra distinctly grooved with deep punctures<br />
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Habitat: Attracted to a light at night <br />
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**This beetle either had a fungal infection or was covered in dried poop? It was very active though and would play dead whenever I poked it.<br />
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Habitat: Attracted to a light at night <br />
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**This beetle either had a fungal infection or was covered in dried poop? It was very active though and would play dead whenever I poked it.<br />
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Habitat: Attracted to a light at night <br />
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**This beetle either had a fungal infection or was covered in dried poop? It was very active though and would play dead whenever I poked it.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/77459/small_black_dung_beetle_-_copris_minutus.html<br />
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Small Black Dung Beetle - Copris minutus

TL: ~1 cm. Shiny black head with horn; pronotum with prominence; elytra distinctly grooved with deep punctures

Habitat: Attracted to a light at night

**This beetle either had a fungal infection or was covered in dried poop? It was very active though and would play dead whenever I poked it.

Small Black Dung Beetle - Copris minutus TL: ~1 cm. Shiny black head with horn; pronotum with prominence; elytra distinctly grooved with deep punctures<br />
<br />
Habitat: Attracted to a light at night <br />
<br />
**This beetle either had a fungal infection or was covered in dried poop? It was very active though and would play dead whenever I poked it.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/77461/small_black_dung_beetle_-_copris_minutus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/77460/small_black_dung_beetle_-_copris_minutus.html Copris minutus,Geotagged,Spring,United States,beetle,copris,dung beetle,small black dung beetle

Small Black Dung Beetle - Copris minutus TL: ~1 cm. Shiny black head with horn; pronotum with prominence; elytra distinctly grooved with deep punctures<br />
<br />
Habitat: Attracted to a light at night <br />
<br />
**This beetle either had a fungal infection or was covered in dried poop? It was very active though and would play dead whenever I poked it.<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/77459/small_black_dung_beetle_-_copris_minutus.html<br />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/77460/small_black_dung_beetle_-_copris_minutus.html Copris minutus,Geotagged,Small Black Dung Beetle,Spring,United States

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''Copris minutus'', the small black dung beetle, is a species of dung beetle in the family Scarabaeidae.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Christine Young
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By Christine Young

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Uploaded Apr 14, 2019. Captured Apr 13, 2019 20:37 in 5 East St, New Milford, CT 06776, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/5.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm