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Hello bugman
My son found this bug in our front yard.
We live in central Illinois What is it? Thanks
KH

Hi KH,
This is one of the Sexton Beetles, the Tomentose Burying Beetles. Sexton Beetles often work in pairs to bury small dead animals like birds or mice. They lay eggs on the corpse and the rotting flesh provides food for the larvae. We just posted an image of a group of Tomentose Burying Beetles on the carcass of a mouse.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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