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Scarabaeidae
Scarabaeus (Ateuchetus) variolosus Fabricius, 1787
Wied il-Qlejgha
16/03/12
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Scarabaeus (Ateuchetus) variolosus is a medium sized dung beetle which is uncommon around the Maltese Islands. It can be distinguished from related dung beetles by the indented dots on the elytra and pronotum. The dung beetles feed on faecal matter from herbivorous animals, rolling small balls near their nesting area.