Subfamily: Aphodiinae (miniature dung chafers)

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Small, drab-coloured beetles that are mainly dung feeders, in both the adult and larval stages. Larvae of some species also feed on organic matter in the soil.

Aphodius sp.


Aphodius sp., 4mm. [image by M. Picker & C. Griffiths ©, from Field Guide to Insects of South Africa, used with permission].



  • Endrödi, S. & Rakovic, M. 1981. Key to the species of South and South-West African Aphodiinae. Folia Entomologica Hungarica 42(34), 1: 31-77.

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