Driftless Prairies: Native Habitat Restoration

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Geotrupidae (Earth-boring Scarabs)

Species in this family have diverse life cycles and feeding habits. This family name is derived from Greek with “geos” meaning earth and “trypetes” meaning borer. Larvae live in underground burrows lined with dead leaves or excrement. The adults live a very secretive life, spending most of their time in an underground burrow, separate from the larvae. They are generally nocturnal and will fly to lights.  Ten species of this family live in Wisconsin.