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PICTURE: Seen on Kelling Heath, near to Sheringham, Norfolk, June 2013.

             
 

DISTRIBUTION: This species is Carrion beetles are also known as Sexton, or Burying beetles.

 

 

LENGTH: 20mm to 30mm.                                                     STATUS: Resident.

 

FLIGHT PERIOD: Adult beetles are to be found from May through to September.

 

LARVAL PERIOD: Grubs hatch from eggs during the summer and pupate in the following spring. Adults emerge from pupae in the late spring and summer.

 

HABITAT: Adult beetles and the larvae feed on dead rodents and birds (carrion). The adult beetles locate dead animals and birds, and then bury them in the ground by excavating underneath the carcass. Both parents feed the grubs on partially digested remains of the dead carcass.

 

FOOD SOURCE: Carrion, dead birds and small animals such as rodents.

 

SIMILAR SPECIES: There a few similar members of the Burying Beetle family.

 

       
               
             
               
             
 

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