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American Carrion Beetle - Necrophila americana Such a cool find! This beetle was moving fast, but I managed to get a quick shot of it!<br />
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Approximately 20 mm long. The pronotum is pale yellow with a black splotch in the center. Elytra are black with yellow tips.  I spotted this beetle on the side of a river in a deciduous forest.<br />
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Carrion beetles lay eggs in raw flesh. After hatching, the larvae consume the carrion. Larvae (and adults) also eat fly and beetle larvae that compete for the same food sources.<br />
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American Carrion Beetle - Necrophila americana

Such a cool find! This beetle was moving fast, but I managed to get a quick shot of it!

Approximately 20 mm long. The pronotum is pale yellow with a black splotch in the center. Elytra are black with yellow tips. I spotted this beetle on the side of a river in a deciduous forest.

Carrion beetles lay eggs in raw flesh. After hatching, the larvae consume the carrion. Larvae (and adults) also eat fly and beetle larvae that compete for the same food sources.

    comments (6)

  1. It has such a very explicit appearance, indeed a very nice find! Posted 11 days ago
    1. Thanks! Please ignore the noisy/blurry background...It was so noisy that I decided to try noise reduction in photoshop, but I think I made it worse ;P Posted 11 days ago
      1. Didn't notice the noise, not even in full screen. There's an explanation for that. The background has a high contrast. Noise tends to blend into such backgrounds. Noise on a soft low contrast background (for example a sky) is much more visible. Posted 11 days ago
        1. Huh, well, that’s good then. Thanks as always for the education, Ferdy :) Posted 11 days ago
  2. Lovely! Posted 11 days ago
    1. Thanks :) Posted 11 days ago

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The American carrion beetle is a North American beetle of the family Silphidae. It lays its eggs in, and its larvae consume, raw flesh and fungi. The larvae and adults also consume fly larvae and the larvae of other carrion beetles that compete for the same food sources as its larvae.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Jun 12, 2018. Captured Jun 12, 2018 10:49 in Main St S, Southbury, CT 06488, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/4.5
  • 1/64s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm