Subject: Burying beetle Anchorage,AK
Location: Anchorage, AK
August 20, 2017 4:16 am
I’ve seen more of these this year than any year in the house I’m in now. I have also seen more dead voles in my yard, and more live ones running around than usual. I don’t think my ID is incorrect, but feel free to use my photo and correct me if I’m wrong.
This is indeed a Burying Beetle in the genus Nicrophorus. The Banded Sexton Beetle, Nicrophorus investigator, which is pictured on BugGuide, is a strong possibility for a species identification. The dead voles you have found in your yard is likely a contributing factor in observing more Burying Beetles this year. The mystery would be “What is causing the voles to die?”