Geotrupidae - Blue Dor Beetle

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Geotrupidae (from Greek geos, earth, and trypetes, borer) is a family of beetles in the order Coleoptera. They are commonly called dor beetles or earth-boring dung beetles. Most excavate burrows in which to lay their eggs. They are typically detrivores, provisioning their nests with leaf litter (often moldy), but are occasionally coprophagous, similar to dung beetles. The eggs are laid in or upon the provision mass and buried, and the developing larvae feed upon the provisions. The burrows of some species can exceed 2 meters in depth.
A few species communicate by stridulation (rubbing body parts together to make sounds)(Wikipedia).

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Die Mistkäfer (Geotrupidae) sind eine Familie der Käfer. Sie wurden früher als Unterfamilie zur Familie der Blatthornkäfer (Scarabaeidae) gezählt. Die Käfer kommen weltweit mit etwa 500 Arten vor. In Europa leben 77 Arten und Unterarten, in Mitteleuropa sind es etwa 10 Arten. Als Mistkäfer werden gelegentlich auch die Pillendreher bezeichnet, die den ägyptischen Skarabäen als Vorbild dienten und zur Familie der Blatthornkäfer gehören (Wikipedia).

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