|Aphodius obliteratus Panzer, 1823|
|A local species throughout England and southern Scotland,
preferring wooded areas, often abundant where found. In large herbivore dung in early spring and during September and October.
One of the earliest Aphodius to appear; adults are active in dung or seen in flight during warm February days
in clearings and bridleways in Whippendell wood or on Common moor. Depending on season they are common by March and
remain so until at least the end of April.
Distinctive elytra allow field identification with a little experience but A. contaminatus
is similar. (See ID Aids)
4.5-7mm. Scutellum short (≤10% sutural length). Pronotum finely bordered along hind margin, visible as a fine and continuous groove. Front angles and sides lighter, lateral margins without the long setae characteristic of A. contaminatus but this may not be useful as a field character when specimens are soiled. Head dark, as pronotum, with lighter margins and clypeus with obvious setae. Elytral pubescence not extending to base, the patterns of dark marks similar, and often very much so, to A. contaminatus but here the individual marks are less discrete, often "obliterated".
Description from 4 Watford specimens at X20