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Subject: Dime-sized beetle
Location: Bridgewater, MA, USA
August 4, 2014 9:44 am
I spotted a dime-size flat beetle in my backyard here in eastern Massachusetts. He has a dull-yellow head with a prominent black spot; otherwise he is all black. When I captured him he immediately played dead for about a minute–very convincing. Any ideas what he is–I have only seen just this one.
Signature: Jim Slavin

American Carrion Beetle

American Carrion Beetle

Hi Jim,
We posted an image of an American Carrion Beetle and information earlier today.

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Subject: odd beetle with white collar
Location: Lapeer, MI
August 3, 2014 5:29 pm
Can you tell me what type of beetle this is? It is about the size of a dime. I found it in my kitchen sink and it could have come in with some fresh cut flowers I brought last night. It reminded me of the hermit flower beetle, except for the white “collar”. Is it safe to release back in to my garden? Thanks for any information you can give me!
Signature: Pat

American Carrion Beetle

American Carrion Beetle

Dear Pat,
This is an American Carrion Beetle,
Necrophila americana, and according to BugGuide:  “Adults consume fly larvae (maggots) at carrion, as well as some carrion.”  Perhaps there is a dead animal nearby, though they also feed on fungus including mushrooms.

Thanks for responding so quickly!  I had not seen a beetle like that around my property before and was curious.  I set it free and it immediately disappeared under some vegetation.  All kinds of “new to me insects” around my yard this year!
Pat

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Subject: Black and Orange Beetle
Location: South Central, PA
July 20, 2014 6:46 pm
I found this beetle in my orchard. He is about the size of a June bug. I have not seen a bug like this before and wonder if my orchard is in danger. I have not been able to find what he is. Even after searching through this site.
Signature: Jeremy

Burying Beetle

Burying Beetle

Hi Jeremy,
This is a Burying Beetle or Sexton Beetle in the genus Nicrophorus, and its presence probably indicates that there is a small, dead animal carcass nearby.  Burying Beetles bury small animals like birds, mice, snakes and lizards after laying eggs on the carcass.  They will not harm your orchard.  You can read more about Burying Beetles on BugGuide.

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Subject: Unidentified beetle in MN
Location: Central Minnesota
May 30, 2014 7:34 am
I found this beetle this morning crawling in my entry on cement floors. I live in central MN in the country primarily surrounded by pine forests. I thought it was a burying beetle which are endangered and not usually found in MN, but it does not have an orange head. Thank you for your time!
Signature: Carla

Burying Beetle

Burying Beetle

Dear Carla,
You are correct that this is not an American Burying Beetle, but it is another species of Burying Beetle of the genus
Nicrophorus.

Thank you for the information! I was able to further look it up and learned some very interesting things about what is living in my yard!
Carla

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Subject: Black Beetle, Pale Yellow Thorax
Location: Hendersonville, NC
April 25, 2014 11:29 am
My wife shot this photo with her Droid. She says it was about the diameter of a penny, or maybe a nickel.
It was taken in Hendersonville, NC on 04/25/14.
Any idea what it is?
Thanks.
Signature: Mike Wright

American Carrion Beetle

American Carrion Beetle

Our Automated Response
Thank you for submitting your identification request.
Please understand that we have a very small staff that does this as a labor of love. We cannot answer all submissions (not by a long shot). But we’ll do the best we can
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Hi,
Thanks, but I found it. American carrion beetle, Necrophila americana.
– Mike

Hi Mike,
We haven’t received any images of American Carrion Beetles lately, so we are posting your submission.

Cool.
Glad y’all are doing this sort of thing.
– Mike

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: MD
October 31, 2013 3:48 am
I saw this bug near my garden just two days ago (29 Oct 13). He was walking on the ground.
Signature: Sheryl

American Carrion Beetle

American Carrion Beetle

Hi Sheryl,
American Carrion Beetles like the one in your photo are often found in association with small dead animals or rotting fungus.

Thanks!!! What a great site.  Thanks for your Labor of Love.
Sheryl

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