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Nicrophorus tomentosus Attracted using a dead mouse which I placed in a soil-filled bucket. Geotagged,Gold-necked Carrion Beetle,Nicrophorus tomentosus,Summer,Tomentose Burying Beetle,United States,burying beetle Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

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  1. Gnarly but so cool! Posted one month ago
    1. It is definitely both. I'm setting out bait this summer ot attract carrion beetles and burying beetles. Curious as to what species are here. Posted one month ago
      1. What a great idea! Posted one month ago
        1. There are a number of different baits to use. I happen to have mice because during the winter deer mice were getting into the house. But there is a species of Nicrophorus that uses bird nests in tree cavities as a brood site provided there are remains of birds and eggshells. I'm going to be setting out some fake bird nests this week with eggshells and chicken wings to see what shiows up. Posted one month ago
          1. I am not good with carcasses, but this is a really great idea. I could probably stomach eggshells and meat though...although I might attract some larger wildlife haha Posted one month ago
            1. Yes that could attract some bigger wildlife like skunks. I'm putting together a new bait station today to attract arboreal burying beetles if there are any in this area. Small bits of chicken meat and bones and some crushed eggshells. Posted one month ago
              1. I would be interested to see your bait station setup! Posted one month ago
                1. I just put the first one from a tree a little while ago. In a few days I expect burying beetles to arrive. This article, Arboreal Burials in Nicrophorus spp. (Coleoptera: Silphidae), explains how to make the bair station. They used small dead birds that had beeen killed at windows. I'm using a small piece of chicken thigh to approximate the weight of a songbird and some crushed eggshells. All of this placed over organic soil like peat with no mineral matter. This is to mimic conditions within a tree cavity. How would I post the photo of the bait station? Posted one month ago, modified one month ago
                  1. Very exciting!! I love this experiment. I want to try it next summer. Posted one month ago
                    1. Some little mammal, a red squirrel maybe, took the chicken bait so I'm going to have to figure out a way to keep them from it. I checked the station today and there was a small burying beetle examining the place but it did not stay. Maybe it was N. defodiens as it was very small. Replaced the chicken tonight. Posted one month ago
                      1. Interesting...Maybe covering it with chicken wire would help, if possible? I'd love to see the bait station as well! Maybe Ferdy would be okay with you sharing it? Posted one month ago
                        1. Just curious...is the bucket recessed in the ground, like a pitfall trap? Posted one month ago
                        2. Puting some chicken wire around it today. This trap is hanging from a tree limb. My other traps are soil-filled buckets with the soil nearly to the top and the bait placed on that. Posted one month ago
  2. Brilliant scene! And to take a quote from Christine's description of an earlier photo: the mites are beneficial, they help clean the carcass from flies and eggs. Posted one month ago
    1. Much of the time they are but I've read a few reports where the mites were suspected of eating the beetle's eggs as well. Posted one month ago
      1. Interesting, I didn't know that! Posted one month ago

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Gold-necked carrion beetle, or Tomentose burying beetle, is a species of burying beetle that was described by Friedrich Weber in 1801. The beetle belongs to the Silphidae family which are carrion beetles. The beetles have sensitive antennae that contain olfactory organs. Thus, the beetle can locate dead animals, and then as the name suggests, can bury them. However, unlike other burying beetles, ''N. tomentosus'' does not feed these brood carcasses. They instead eliminate the soil under the carcass,.. more

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Uploaded Aug 6, 2020. Captured Aug 5, 2020 22:02 in 4408 Miller Rd, Barnum, MN 55707, USA.
  • Canon EOS Rebel T6
  • f/4.0
  • 1/64s
  • ISO800
  • 100mm