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Unknown spotting


This little guy flew past me, I thought at first he was a dragonfly, then he landed and went down into a hole in the ground. After a few minutes, he came out, covered in dirt, cleaning his face. I noticed he had what looked like pollen on his back legs. A solitary wasp of some kind? I have never seen one before.


He lives in a burrow he dug in the dirt, it's in the picture.


1 species ID suggestions

Marissa6 8 months ago
Burying Beetle
Nicrophorus carolinus Burying Beetle - Nicrophorus carolinus - BugGuide.Net


Christine Y.
Christine Y. 8 months ago

You're welcome :)...Cool beetle, but I definitely don't envy the abundance of fire ants!

Marissa6 8 months ago

Hi Christine! Thank you! That was fast :-) Turns out it's Nicrophorus carolinus, in the carrion beetle family. Thanks!! They don't seem to be really prevalent down here, they compete with fire ants...which are EVERYWHERE here.

Christine Y.
Christine Y. 8 months ago

Looks like a burying beetle (Nicrophorus sp.).

Florida, USA

Lat: 28.11, Long: -82.46

Spotted on Sep 14, 2017
Submitted on Sep 14, 2017

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