dung beetle Small to medium-sized scarab beetle. Some species form balls of dung as food for their larvae, and may roll the balls some distance before burying them. Family Scarabaeidae; species Geotrupus stercorarius.
dung bee·tle • n. a beetle (esp. families Scarabaeidae and Geotrupidae.) whose larvae feed on dung.
dung beetle See GEOTRUPIDAE.
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