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Species Rhizophagus parallelocollis - Graveyard Beetle

Rhizophagus parallelocollis
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.
native to Europe, adventive in NA (NF-ON to TN-IN + BC-WA)(1)(2)(3)
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)
likely prefers dipteran larvae(1)
earliest record in our area: MA 1895(1)