Burying Beetle from England

What type of bug is this?
Photographed in my Garden in Dorset England UK. It spent the night in a wheel borrow full of water. We put it onto a log to dry off. I took the photo on a stone, I was about to take another as it opened its wings and flew away. An idea what it could be?
Regards
Terry O’Donovan
Dorset, England

Hi Terry,
While our species are different from your species, I can assure you that this is a Burying Beetle, from the Family Silphidae, and probably the Genus Nicrophorus. These beetles are very strong and will bury a small mouse or bird after laying eggs on the future food source for the larvae.

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