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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.<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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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 />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79110/american_carrion_beetle_-_necrophila_americana.html<br />
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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.

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.<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 />
https://www.jungledragon.com/image/79110/american_carrion_beetle_-_necrophila_americana.html<br />
 American Carrion Beetle,Geotagged,Necrophila americana,Spring,United States,beetle

    comments (4)

  1. Raw flesh...alive or dead? Posted 6 months ago
    1. Poop...Very juicy poop. Fox poop, I think. Posted 6 months ago
      1. I mean the eggs :) Posted 6 months ago
        1. Ohhhhhh! It took me a bit to figure out what you were talking about ;P. Dead flesh - carrion. Ironically, I have seen this species of beetle numerous times, yet never on carrion. I always find it on scat or rotting mushrooms. Posted 6 months 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.

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Uploaded May 16, 2019. Captured May 15, 2019 11:17 in 91 Main St, Sharon, CT 06069, USA.
  • Canon EOS 80D
  • f/14.0
  • 1/256s
  • ISO400
  • 100mm