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Earth-boring dung beetle Gallery

The Earth-boring dung beetle (オオセンチコガネ, Oosenchikogane) is a bug that first appeared in New Horizons.

Donation to the museum

In New Horizons

When either donating to the museum or selecting "Tell me more about this!", Blathers the curator will say:

"Earth-boring dung beetles are considered quite handsome by some, thanks to their metallic luster. In fact, some even think them to be good omens and bringers of favorable fortune. But I must protest! These field-ravaging pests love to burrow under piles of dung and lay their eggs. They raise their young under DUNG! Need I say more? Ick. I think not."

Capture quotes

"I caught an earth-boring dung beetle! It's not boring at all!" —New Horizons

Encyclopedia information

New Horizons

Encyclopedia Information
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"I caught an earth-boring dung beetle! It's not boring at all!"
Current Active Hours All day
Months active (north) July to September
Months active (south) January to February

Further information


Phelotrupes auratus is a member of the family Geotrupidae, the earth-boring dung beetles. P. auratus is native to Japan. The family is referred to as such as they often dig tunnels for which they lay their eggs in. Typically, the beetles eat detritus, but are known to eat fecal matter as well. The genus is highly variable, with several known colour morphs.

In other languages

Earth-boring dung beetle
Language Name
Japan Japanese オオセンチコガネ Ōsenchikogane
France French Geotrupidae
Spain Spanish Escarabajo geotrúpido
Germany German Gold-Mistkäfer
Italy Italian Geotrupidae
The Netherlands Dutch Echte mestkever
China Chinese 雪隐金龟/雪隱金龜 Xuěyǐnjīnguī
South Korea Korean 보라금풍뎅이 Borageumpungdengi

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