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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

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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
!

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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Subject: Burying Beetle SE Alaska
Location: Juneau, AK
September 3, 2013 4:19 pm
Dear Bugman,
I took this photo on the trail on Mt Roberts in Juneau Alaska about 10 days ago. I think its a Burying Beetle, but I wasn’t sure which species. Anyway, thought I’d share it with you–its not the clearest photo but he’s very cute.
Signature: Moira

Burying Beetle

Burying Beetle

Dear Moira,
We get so few photos from Alaska.  Thanks for submitting your photo of a Burying Beetle.

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Subject: I wonder if you’ve seen some of these before…
Location: Pointe-a-la-Garde, Quebec
August 31, 2013 6:20 pm
This evening, 8 of these bumblebee/beetle type insects invaded my house. My dog injured one of them and then three other of these insects attacked and killed the injured one.
Signature: Thanks for taking a look! Alex.

Tomentose Burying Beetle

Tomentose Burying Beetle

Dear Alex,
This is definitely a Burying Beetle or Sexton Beetle in the genus
Nicrophorus, and we are relatively certain it is the Tomentose Burying Beetle, Nicrophorus tomentosus based on photos posted to BugGuide.  Burying Beetles often bury small dead animals and the putrefying flesh acts as food for developing larvae.  Adults often work in pairs to bury small animals and they defend the young, a behavioral trait that is very rare in beetles.  We don’t understand why you had such a sighting, unless you have an earthen floor in the basement or there was a dead animal somewhere in your home that acted as a breeding ground for this group of beetles.  The feeding melee that resulted after one individual was injured was a very interesting observation.  They are probably very hungry and just want to get out of the house.

Burying Beetle Melee

Burying Beetle Melee

Thank you so much Daniel.  I have been digging out my 100+ year old foundation, and I have found some quite large burrying holes around the exterior of the house.  Although I do have many grass snakes that take care of my rodent (non-issues).  Plus there are bats, hawks owls and eagles here, so the odds of finding dead rodents are probable.
Thanks for having your site!
Alex.

 

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