Carrion Beetle

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My mom sent me these pictures, and asked me to ID this insect. I guess she thinks because I’m in veterinary school that I know everything! 🙂 Can you help? She said it was approximately an inch long. Location: Central New Jersey, USA, near the Jersey Shore. I assume she found it this past week. She would like to know if it is a "good or bad bug". Thanks
Linda Schoenfeld

Hi Linda,
This is a Carrion Beetle. It is a beneficial beetle that feeds on rotting flesh, helping to eliminate decomposing carcasses and consequently returning necessary minerals to the soil. Last week we posted an image of several Carrion Beetles feeding on a Stinkhorn fungus.

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