Found these two while in Japan
Just wanted to know what kind of bugs these are. The first pair were “getting it on” in the middle of a path that ran through a city park in Tokyo. The caterpillar kind of freaked me out but it’s beautiful. Feel free to use the picture on your site if you wish. THANKS!
These are mating Carrion Beetles in the family Silphidae. As their name implies, they feed on dead flesh in the larval stages and adults feed on fly maggots to ensure more of the rotting flesh will remain as a larval food, helping to eliminate food competition for the progeny.