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Species Rhizophagus parallelocollis - Graveyard Beetle

Rhizophagus parallelocollis
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 Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Cucujoidea (Sap, Bark and Fungus Beetles)
Family Monotomidae (Minute Clubbed Beetles)
Genus Rhizophagus
No Taxon (subgenus Rhizophagus)
Species parallelocollis (Graveyard Beetle)
Explanation of Names
Rhizophagus parallelocollis (Gyllenhal 1827)
the common name refers to its proclivity to swarm in graves, etc.
Range
native to Europe, adventive in NA (NF-ON to TN-IN + BC-WA)(1)(2)(3)
Habitat
moldy substrates in basements, deep layers of compost piles, mammal burrows, brushwood piles, flood debris, old bones, sap; common in cemeteries where it swarms in graves, tombstones, and on corpses in 10-24 month-old coffins(3)(1)
Food
likely prefers dipteran larvae(1)
Remarks
earliest record in our area: MA 1895(1)