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Orange and Black Beetle - Nicrophorus obscurus

Orange and Black Beetle - Nicrophorus obscurus
Lake Audy, Manitoba, Canada
September 11, 2004
Found 2 of these beetles in an overgrazed pasture - early afternoon. Fairly large - this one was close to 3 cm long, the other about 3/4 of that size. This one flipped on its side and 'played dead' when I moved the vegetation (grasses and sagebrush) to get the photo. When I backed off to change lenses it righted itself and ran down an old gopher hole.

Moved from Sexton Beetles.

species is
Nicrophorus obscurus based on the characters I think I can see

Burying beetle
Wow, for a carrion beetle, this specimen is awfully clean! It is a species in the genus Nicrophorus, known as the "burying beetles" or "sexton beetles." It was probably a male and female couple you found, attracted to some small animal carcass. Cool beetles. I rarely find them myself!

Thanks, Eric

where do they live
I have found one in my back yard of Grand Bank Newfoundland. I was hoping if u could tell me if they were native to Newfoundland

Carrion Beetle
Did you ever find out if the Carrion beetle was native to Newfoundland. We had one fly into our shed last weekend, and it has made me very curious about it. I've never seen one of these before, certainly not a beetle this big.

there are several
species of Nicrophorus known to occur in Newfoundland.

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