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Species Nicrophorus tomentosus - Tomentose Burying Beetle

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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 tomentosus (Tomentose Burying Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Nicrophorus tomentosus Weber 1801
Size
11.2-19.0 mm(1)
Identification
dense yellow hair on pronotum distinctive(1)

Det. A.V. Evans, 2011
Range
e. N. Amer. to UT & AB (1)(BG data)
Season
mostly: Jun-Oct (BG data)
Remarks
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.