This beetle is one of the many little critters finishing off what was left of a white-tailed deer.
So much of the insides of the deer had been eaten away that, when I first saw it, I thought somebody had left a costume of some sort on the ground. It wasn't until I got a little closer that I realized it was a deer carcass.
''Oiceoptoma noveboracense'' is a member of the family Silphidae, or carrion beetles, which feed on decaying organic matter such as dead animals. Its common name is the margined carrion beetle, from the orange-red margins on the pronotum, which are helpful when identifying this species. The larva is typically light brown to red and also has vertical ridges on its thorax like the adult. This diurnal beetle can be found mainly in the spring into the fall, and it has a strong preference towards a deciduous.. more