Location: Central Iowa
April 29, 2012 7:24 pm
Hey! My son spotted this ”June-Bug” looking bug on our patio here in Central Iowa. I picked it up & it froze up & played dead. It left a pretty potent stench on my fingers…like manure. Can you help me out on the name? I called it ”April”.
Signature: Melissa & Blaedyn
Hi Melissa & Blaedyn,
You have discovered a Burying Beetle or Sexton Beetle in the genus Nicrophorus. With the exception of social insects that form an organized colony like Ants, Bees, Wasps and Termites, Burying Beetles exhibit among the greatest parental care in the insect world. A pair of Burying Beetles will work together to locate and bury a small animal carcass, like that of a bird, mouse or other small vertebrate. They then guard the carcass with the eggs and developing larvae and they even feed their brood regurgitated carrion. You may read more about Burying Beetles on BugGuide.