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Western Dung Beetle

Commonly called a 'rhinoceros beetle', they help improve soil health and control fly populations.

Beetles Bushland Healthy Soils Heathland

Noongar Names: Not known

Scientific Name: Onthophagus ferox

Conservation Status: Least Concern

Threats: Habitat loss

Will they visit?: Western Dung Beetles visit home gardens located near bushland, reserves, and pastures

Natural Distribution: Common and widespread throughout the South West and Perth region

Habitat at a Glance

See Habitat Guide for more detail

Shelter: Groundcovers, mulch, and lawn

Diet: Dung of native and domestic animals

Water: Not required

ReWild Benefit: Improve soil health and condition

ReWild Benefits

In Western Australia, dung beetles play a critical role in controlling flies and improving soil health. If you do see a The Western Dung Beetle, you can record your sighting on the Atlas of Living Australia!

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