DUNG BEETLE SPECIES
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Euoniticellus fulvus is a small yellow to mid-brown beetle (8 – 12mm) with no speckling on the pronotum. There is a darker patch on the thorax which may be appear to be diamond shaped. The wing covering may have darker brown markings but no speckling. Females have no ridges between the eyes, males have two ridges towards the front of the head.
Euoniticellus fulvus is native to western and central Europe, the Middle East and north Africa. It is widely established in the winter-rainfall areas of Australia and is recorded throughout the south west.
Euoniticellus fulvus is active from spring to autumn. Their nests are dug bout 20cm below soil surface in which several brood masses are constructed, each with one egg. Development from egg to adult is 5 to 8 weeks, approximately.
E. fulvus fly during the day (diurnal).