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Canthon sp.


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The other day I stopped by a friends stables to pick up some manure for the P. vindex and found some Canthon sp. rolling some dung away. I decided to bring some with me and have had them for a couple of days now. Today I checked on them and found a couple of strange looking filaments in the container and one coming from the anus of one of the beetles.

They are black/gray in color, reminded me of beads on a string. THe whole line was over 4" long, and i found some smaller ones that must have been expelled earlier.

 

My question is, are they parasites or is it merely poop?

 

The whole container is quarantined anyway, but I wanted to know if anybody else had seen or experienced something similar?

 

Thank you for your input.

 

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