Geotrupes spiniger (Marsham, 1802)
Very similar to Geotrupes stercorarius (Dor Beetle) this large beetle is most often seen flying at dusk and remains hidden during the day. Most members of the Geotrupidae group are dung feeders, burrowing underneath a food source and filling the shafts with dung for their larvae to feed on. They are relatively common throughout their range, but as mentioned, G. spiniger and G. stercorarius are virtually identical. This adult was actually found on the site of the proposed new Sherwood Forest Visitor Centre in mid-October 2012.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Geotrupes spiniger
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sean Tobin. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Wil Heeney.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated February 2017

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