Dialytes striatulus

Aphodiine Dung Beetle

Dialytes striatulus, Aphodiine Dung Beetle photo

Family: Scarabaeidae

Subfamily: Aphodiinae

Length: 4.0-4.5 mm


No other beetle in West Virginia looks quite like Dialytes striatulus, with its very large and coarse punctures on the pronotum, and its highly elevated ridges on the elytra. The antennae are rusty brown.

Adults of this beetle seem most common in July and August, though they may be seen earlier and later as well.

Like other members of this subfamily, Dialytes striatulus feeds in dung.



Insects of West Virginia