Germarostes globosus

Pill Scarab Beetle

Germarostes globosus, Pill Scarab (Contractile Scarab) Beetle, West Virginia image



Family: Hybosoridae

Subfamily: Ceratocanthinae

Length: beetle in photo 3 mm


Species in genus Germarostes are found in both North and South America.

Germarostes globosus is found in the southeastern United States and in Mexico (Ocampo, 2005).

Photo data: 18 June 2010. Ruraldale, Upshur County, West Virginia.

In the first photo below, notice the pattern of wrinkles on the head. The second photo offers a close-up view of the process near the base of the antennae.


Scavenger Scarab (Pill Scarab) Beetle, Germarostes globosus

Head of Germarostes globosus, West Virginia photo

Note that this is both the family page for Hybosoridae and the species page for Germarostes globosus