This is a European dung beetle species that was introduced to Tasmania in the early 1990’s. Native species could not cope with the ecology and volume of the farmed bovine emissions (Forster). Geotrupes spiniger buries cattle dung to feed its larvae. For this reason it was introduced to Australia to help reduce the volume of cow dung in pastures.
Geotrupes spiniger (Marsham)
Early March 2008
Identification thanks to Adam Slipinkski
Mid January 2013
Identification and Geotrupes information thanks to Lynne Forster.
Lawrence, JF & Slipinski A, 2013. Australian Beetles; Morphology, Classification and Keys, CSIRO Publishing, Collingwood.