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Species Nicrophorus tomentosus - Tomentose Burying Beetle

Nicrophorus sp. (with mites) - Nicrophorus tomentosus Burying Beetle  ... Nicrophorus sp.? - Nicrophorus tomentosus Nicrophorus tomentosus Unidentified Sexton Beetle (Nicrophorus sp.) - Nicrophorus tomentosus Nicrophorus sp - Nicrophorus tomentosus Carrion Beetle - Nicrophorus tomentosus Nicrophorus tomentosus? - Nicrophorus tomentosus Nicrophorus tomentosus
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 tomentosus (Tomentose Burying Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Nicrophorus tomentosus Weber 1801
11.2-19.0 mm(1)
dense yellow hair on pronotum distinctive(1)

Det. A.V. Evans, 2011
e. N. Amer. to UT & AB (1)(BG data)
mostly: Jun-Oct (BG data)
unlike other nearctic Nicrophorus, adults do not bury the carcass but make a shallow pit and cover the carcass with litter(1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.The Carrion Beetles (Coleoptera: Silphidae) of Nebraska
Brett Ratcliffe. 1996. University of Nebraska State Museum.