American Carrion Beetle

Necrophila americana

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.
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.

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Appearance

Adults 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.
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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Naming

Necrophila americana (Linnaeus)
Orig. Comb: Silpha americana Linnaeus 1758
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Distribution

Eastern North America (Nova Scotia to Florida and Manitoba to east Texas)
American Carrion Beetle - Necrophila americana This beetle was sharing a rotten mushroom for lunch with some fruit flies :)

Total length:  20 mm long. The pronotum was pale yellow with a black splotch in the center. Elytra were black with yellow tips. 

Habitat: Mixed, swampy 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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Habitat

In moist woods on carrion, fungus, sapping tree wounds; prefer larger carrion, "rat-sized or larger".
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Food

Adults 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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Taxonomy
KingdomAnimalia
DivisionArthropoda
ClassInsecta
OrderColeoptera
FamilySilphidae
GenusNecrophila
SpeciesN. americana