ID for this handsome beetle?
Location: Paso Robles, California
Date: January 5, 2011 1:15:56 PM PST
he was in our bathroom at paso robles on fake flowers… (oaks and chapparal outside).
i loved his red antenna ends (for which i expect there is a technical term!).
Clare Marter Kenyon
What died in your bathroom? This appears to be a Black Burying Beetle, Nicrophorus nigrita, one of the Sexton Beetles. Burying Beetles mate and then share the responsibility of burying small animals like mice upon which they lay eggs. Both parents then care for and guard the young as they feed on the putrefying flesh. The antennae are clavate or clubbed (see BugGuide).