American Carrion Beetle

Subject: Yellow/Black Bug
Location: Central Virginia
July 5, 2016 4:54 pm
What’s this bug?
Signature: Rebecca

American Carrion Beetle
American Carrion Beetle

Dear Rebecca,
This is one of the most beautiful images we have ever received of an American Carrion Beetle,
Necrophila americana, a species that lays its eggs on the putrefying flesh of dead creatures.  According to BugGuide:  “Adults consume fly larvae (maggots) at carrion, as well as some carrion; larvae eat carrion, maggots, and beetle larvae, may prefer dried skin, bits of flesh after maggots have departed.”

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