Banded Sexton Beetle from Alaska

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.
Signature: MsRobin

Burying Beetle

Dear MsRobin,
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?”

1 thought on “Banded Sexton Beetle from Alaska”

  1. Found one…dead in the greenhouse…which is vented. Kalifonsky Beach Road between Kenai and Soldotna, Alaska 2100 06/21/2022. Dunno when it died though. Neighborhood dogs killed lots of baby bunnies which may be why the beetle is out and about. Was out and about.


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