Embed American Carrion Beetle - Necrophila americana

American Carrion Beetle - Necrophila americana 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 a fresh pile of scat 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.
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