scarab-beetle

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Melanocanthon bispinatus

sometimes known as the “Tumble Bug” Melanocanthon bispinatus is a species of scarab beetle (Scarabaeinae) that is native to Eastern North America. Adult M. bispinatus are active from April to July and have a varied diet which ranges from fungi to the dung of various animals. 

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Coleoptera-Polyphaga-Scarabaeoidea-Scarabaeidae-Scarabaeinae-Canthonini-Melanocanthon-M. bispinatus

Images: Mark Moran and Cotinis

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Rutela lineola

…is a species of scarabaeid beetle that occurs in Argentina, Paraguay, Uruguay, Brazil, Colombia and Peru. They have a wide variety of color morph, ranging from yellow, white, orange and red marking. Like other scarabaeid beetles adults of this species feed mostly on flowers and decaying wood. Larvae are xylophagous (feed on dead wood) and are often found inside dead/decaying trees.

Classification

Animalia-Arthropoda-Insecta-Coleoptera-Scarabaeidae-Rutela-R. lineola

Images: yakovlev.alexy and Hectonichus