Subject: Mole eating bug
April 18, 2016 3:02 pm
I found this dead mole on a trail and all of these unknown bugs were all over it. I would like to you what type of bugs these are.
Signature: Sarina B
At least two species of Carrion Beetles, the all black Ridged Carrion Beetle, Oiceoptoma inequale, and the red and black Margined Carrion Beetle, Oiceoptoma noveboracense, are gathering around this dead mole. Of the Ridged Carrion Beetle, BugGuide states: “Adults consume fly larvae at carrion.” Of the Margined Carrion Beetle, BugGuide states: “Adults sometimes consume fly larvae (maggots) on carrion.”