Trypocopris vernalis

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Trypocopris vernalis
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Trypocopris vernalis
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T. vernalis
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Trypocopris vernalis
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Geotrupes vernalis Linnaeus, 1758

Trypocopris vernalis, (previously listed under the Geotrupes genus as Geotrupes vernalis) known sometimes by the common name dor beetle or spring dor beetle, is a type of dung beetle. The larva of Trypocopris vernalis feeds on dung of animals such as sheep ( Ovis aries ) and red foxes ( Vulpes vulpes ).

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Distribution

Trypocopris vernalis is found in Europe and Asia Minor.

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