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American Burying Beetle - Nicrophorus americanus - male

American Burying Beetle - Nicrophorus americanus - Male
Camp Maxey Texas Army National Guard, Lamar County, Texas, USA
August 30, 2008
spmn in the UTIC, Austin, TX (1)

The first Texas record was a single specimen captured accidentally in December 2003 during a planning level insect survey for the Texas Army National Guard at the facility Camp Maxey in Lamar County, Texas.

William B. Godwin & Volha Minich. 2005. Status of the American Burying Beetle, Nicrophorus americanus Olivier, (Coleoptera: Silphidae) at Camp Maxey, Lamar County, Texas. Interagency Final Report to Texas Army National Guard. 19 pp. Full PDF

Amazing the number of rare and endangered species
that occur on Military bases. Regal Frits at Fort Indiantown Gap in PA, Mitchell's Satyr at Fort Bragg in NC, Arogos Skipper and several rare endemic moths at Fort Dix in NJ--- Now this.

 
Military bases are the last refuges...
Military bases the world over are the last refuges for *many* spp... Lots of Black-capped Vireos at Fort Hood ("largest military base in the free world"), California Gnatcatchers are mostly on Camp Pendleton, lots of rare spp at Fort Huachuca, etc.

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