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Species Nicrophorus vespilloides - Boreal Carrion Beetle

Nicrophorus vespilloides one of the milkweed beetles? - Nicrophorus vespilloides Sexton Beetle? - Nicrophorus vespilloides Sexton Beetle with mites - Nicrophorus vespilloides Sexton Beetle? - Nicrophorus vespilloides Nicrophorus vespilloides Nicrophorus vespilloides Nicrophorus vespilloides
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Staphyliniformia)
Superfamily Staphylinoidea (Rove, Carrion and Fungus Beetles)
Family Silphidae (Carrion Beetles)
Genus Nicrophorus (Sexton Beetles)
Species vespilloides (Boreal Carrion Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Nicrophorus vespilloides Herbst 1783
Size
12-16 mm (among the smallest members of the genus)(1)
Range
holarctic, transcontinental in n. NA (Canada + scattered ne. US localities) and n. Eurasia(1)
Habitat
in NA, exclusively in swampy/boggy areas throughout the boreal forest region; in Europe, exclusively in dry coniferous forests(1)
- see also under remarks -
Remarks
Recently, it was proposed that records of N. vespilloides from most of N-America are not conspecific with the palearctic populations (genetic evidence; morphological evidence not 100% reliable).
Alaskan populations were not found in wet habitats, but under similar conditions as in Europe.(2)

Nicrophorus hebes (Kirby, 1837) is available as the name of the sibling species.
Works Cited
1.The carrion beetles of Canada and Alaska (Coleoptera: Silphidae and Agyrtidae)
Anderson, R.S. and S.B. Peck. 1985. Agriculture Canada.
2.Cryptic diversity in the New World burying beetle fauna: Nicrophorus hebes Kirby; new status as a resurrected name . . .
Sikes, D.S., Trumo, S.T., Peck, S.B. 2016. Arthropod Systematics and Phylogeny 74(3): 299-309.