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Black and orange bug - Nicrophorus defodiens

Black and orange bug - Nicrophorus defodiens
California, USA
Size: 15mm
We have just returned to the UK from a trip to California, Arizona, Utah and Nevada and found the bug (alive) on our kitchen floor. I have not seen one like this before and am concerned that we may have brought back more than the jeans and t-shirts we had expected!

There are at least five Nicrophorus species in the UK.
Two can be eliminated for being all black. One has very small posterior maculae and can also be eliminated but N. investigat*or or N. interrupt*us, depending on variability, could be the ID of this one.

Nicrophorus defodiens
Just found a fine robust specimen in Longmont, CO. I had never seen one before. Anyone know its normal range?

Moved from Sexton Beetles.

Nicrophorus defodiens
The only species that matches the size, location, and features I can see in the pic is Nicrophorus defodiens

Looks like a burying beetle.
Looks like a burying beetle or a sexton beetle. This is the family Silphidae, likely of the genus Nicrophorus.

I agree
Nothing else looks remotely like the several burying beetle species.

If it was alive, it probably had a few pet mites on it too. The mites help the beetle by eating fly eggs and newly-hatched maggots on carrion, getting a ride to the next feeding grounds in return.

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