Below is a list of online dung beetle and other useful resources. Please don’t pooh pooh them, instead get your hands dirty and try them out! All these links will open in a new window.
DUMP has produced a Key to the UK Aphodius based on The Royal Entomological Society Handbook by Jessop (1986) with some revisions and added images. Jessop has been the main identification key for dung beetles and chafers for many years. It is now out of print but can be downloaded free of charge here. Martin Harvey has also produced an excellent accompaniment to Jessop that uses Darren’s images. The RES predecessor by Britton (1956) is also available to download here.
John Walters and Mark Telfer teamed up to produce a number of downloadable guides to British beetles, including Geotrupidae (Dor beetles).
The Rare Breeds Survival Trust manages the Grazing Animals Project, a partnership of farmers, land managers and conservation organisations committed to promoting the benefits of grazing with the natural environment and our cultural heritage in mind.
General Beetle Sites (many include dung beetle information)
The Coleopterist is a specialist journal that is published three times a year and has a range of web based resources including a dictionary of past beetle collectors which is useful when tracing historic data and information on recording.
Mark Telfer is an excellent all round entomologist that has developed a lovely website tht includes many useful tips on techniques for studying and identifying beetles.
The Watford Coleoptera Group website is also very useful and considers all aspects of “beetledom”.
The Bug Farm is a research centre, working farm and visitor attraction with a particular interest in dung beetles in Pembrokeshire, Wales. It is open at the weekends and during holiday periods.
Mapping and Recording Sites
The Bedfordshire Natural History Society has a very handy “grab a grid ref” site for determining Ordnance Survey grid references with OS and satellite map views. It is searchable by place name, post code or grid reference.
If you require a grid reference for Ireland (Northern and Republic), Marcus Geoghegan has developed a site that uses Google Maps.
Where’s The Path shows two different map views including OS 1:50 000, satellite and historical maps with the option of overlaying a further set of maps including Open Street Map data, bedrock geology and a variety of grid squares.
The herbaria@home website is great for looking up Vice County information if you have a OS grid reference, latitude and longitude or eastings and northings. The site covers the UK and Ireland.
The UK Soil Observatory Map Viewer is an online tool showing soil properties and soil biodiversity data across the country. You will need to load your chosen overlay by clicking on the + sign in the top right corner. The overlay we like to use is mySoil which includes dominant habitat type, soil texture and soil pH. There is also a free mySoil phone app available for iphone and android.
The Association of British Counties has a useful online Gazetteer of British Place Names. It provides an exhaustive Place Name Index to Great Britain, containing over 50,000 entries. It lists the historic county and the main administrative areas in which each place lies and can be searched with Boolean operators.
The Biological Records Centre hosts the iRecord website for sharing wildlife observations. The goal of iRecord is to make it easier for wildlife sightings to be collated, checked by experts and made available to support research and decision-making at local and national levels.
The Coleopterists Society is an international organization devoted to the study of all aspects of systematics and biology of beetles of the world.
The University of Wroclaw coleoptera website that holds images of beetles in all shapes and forms including scarabs.
The Dung Beetles Australia website is a great resource for finding out about dung beetles down under. Many European and African species have been introduced to Australia because the native dung beetles were not able to process poo from imported cattle breeds.
Australian entomologist John Freehan has a dedicated dung beetle website.
The same animal import issue occurred in New Zealand, more can be discovered on the Dung Beetles in New Zealand website.