Wednesday, July 22, 2015

American Carrion Beetle (Necrophila americana)


American Carrion Beetle
 (Necrophila americana)

Life cycle (BugGuide): Eggs laid singly on/near carrion. Larvae hatch in a few days, feed in or under carcass, and pupate in a nearby soil cell. Adults overwinter.

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4 comments:

Lisa Greenbow said...

I have a sketch of one of these little beasties that I did back in 2008. Funny I just saw some again a few weeks ago. I don't see them often.

D.B. Echo said...

That is one beautiful critter. Can't say I've ever seen one.

...by the way, is the date stamp on the image off by a year?

Marvin said...

I understand the date is just asking for confusion, but it is correct. I often check my photo archives to see what I was doing in previous years. I found this beetle from last year unidentified even though I now know it's identity.

Ephemera said...

That's a great shot of a really cool beetle.