AppearanceAdults are 12 to 22 mm long. The pronotum is primarily a pale yellow with a black spot in the center. In the southern portion of the range, the elytra are entirely black while in the northern portion they have a yellow rear tip. The elytra are shorter than the body of the beetle, leaving the tail end slightly exposed. The larvae are black and appear armored.
NamingNecrophila americana (Linnaeus)
Orig. Comb: Silpha americana Linnaeus 1758
DistributionEastern North America (Nova Scotia to Florida and Manitoba to east Texas)
HabitatIn moist woods on carrion, fungus, sapping tree wounds; prefer larger carrion, "rat-sized or larger".
FoodAdults consume fly larvae (maggots) at carrion, as well as some carrion; larvae eat carrion, maggots, and beetle larvae, may prefer dried skin, bits of flesh after maggots have departed. Adults will also eat tree sap.
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