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Oiceoptoma noveboracense This beetle is one of the many little critters finishing off what was left of a white-tailed deer.<br />
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&#039;t until I got a little closer that I realized it was a deer carcass. Animal,Arthropod,Beetle,Carrion Beetle,Coleoptera,Geotagged,Insect,Mendon Ponds County Park,Nature,New York State,Oiceoptoma,Oiceoptoma noveboracense,Rochester,Silphidae,Spring,United States,United States of America Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Oiceoptoma noveboracense

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.

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  1. Mendon Ponds! we used to go there all of the time. I went to college at RIT :) Posted 7 years ago
    1. Good park, and good school! I also graduated from RIT. Posted 7 years ago
      1. '95 Biomedical Photographic Communications here - the hubby's a '95EEE Posted 7 years ago
        1. Before my time. 2008 SE. Posted 7 years ago
  2. What is it sitting on, is that another animal? Posted 7 years ago
    1. It's on what's left of a white-tailed deer.

      I've got a bunch more shots of these beetles that show the deer. I plan on sharing a link to the Flickr album after I finish going through them for anyone interested, but probably won't put them up here directly to help protect the stomachs of JD members.
      Posted 7 years ago
    2. More shots of the bugs, the deer carcass, and a different deer carcass in the same park:

      https://flic.kr/s/aHsk6MEKRD
      Posted 7 years ago
      1. Thanks Joe, do you know if these are natural deaths? Posted 7 years ago
        1. I don't really know much about how they died.
          Neither was close to a road, and there isn't supposed to be any hunting in the park as far as I know. There also aren't any nearby populations of any of their predators.
          My coworker said he saw a family of deer in the park that looked very hungry... so my guess is malnutrition played the biggest role in their deaths, but I have no way of knowing for sure.
          Posted 7 years ago
          1. Malnutrition could very well be the cause. I believe that in the wild, each season 25% of the individuals in a herd die because of it, this is true for many mammal species. Posted 7 years ago

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"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.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Joe Spandrusyszyn
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By Joe Spandrusyszyn

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Uploaded Apr 13, 2015. Captured Apr 12, 2015 16:26 in 4200 Clover Street, Honeoye Falls, NY 14472, USA.
  • NEX-6
  • f/6.3
  • 1/400s
  • ISO500
  • 210mm