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Species Necrophilus pettiti - Small Scavenger Beetle

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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 Agyrtidae (Primitive Carrion Beetles)
Genus Necrophilus
Species pettiti (Small Scavenger Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Necrophilus pettitii Horn 1880
9-12 mm (1)
flightless species(1)
so.ON-MI,MO, south to FL-LA(2).
forested habitats (1)
mostly fall through spring (1)
Life Cycle
Breeds on carrion, feces, fungi (1)
Works Cited
1.Beetles of Eastern North America
Arthur V. Evans. 2014. Princeton University Press.
2.American Beetles, Volume I: Archostemata, Myxophaga, Adephaga, Polyphaga: Staphyliniformia
Arnett, R.H., Jr., and M. C. Thomas. (eds.). 2000. CRC Press LLC, Boca Raton, FL.