Minotaur Beetle – Typhaeus typhoeus (Cavenham Heath NR)

While out walking today I saw 20 plus Minotaur Beetles in the small area I walked male and female , black and dark red ones

Description
12 to 20mm. Shining black. The pronotum of the male has forward-projecting horns on either side, slightly variable in length, tending to be proportionately longer in larger specimens. There is a smaller horn in the centre. The female lacks the horns but has a sharp tubercle at each anterior angle of the pronotum.
Habitat
Prefers short, grazed turf on dry, sandy soils. Creates burrows under the dung of rabbits, sheep, deer, horse and occasionally cattle. These can reach 1 to 1.5m in depth.
When to see it
Jan-May and Aug-Oct. Most sightings are in Spring or Autumn.
Life History
The larvae feed on herbivore dung in side branches of the tunnels, built and stocked by the adults. The adults overwinter as pairs in burrows and will sometimes emerge on mild winter days.
UK Status
Local in England and Wales becoming scarce further north. Very rare in Scotland.

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