Geographic location of the bug: California
Time: 03:00 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Could you identify this bug for me please
How you want your letter signed: Catie
This is a Sexton Beetle or Burying Beetle in the genus Nicrophorus. Burying Beetles get their common name because adults will bury small animals including mice, birds and lizards after laying eggs upon the corpse. According to BugGuide: “Remarkable parental care: adults bury a small carcass, lay eggs in it, and stay to feed the young on regurgitated carrion.”
Wow! Way cool beetle!!! Very interesting! I had never seen one before!
Thank you for answering.