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Margined Burying Beetle

Nicrophorus mariginatus


There was many of these burying beetles in an abandoned water tank that I stumbled across while hiking through sagebrush steppe. Maybe hundreds of them I could see in the water. Not sure if those were alive. These beetles are carnivores and are a benefit to the ecosystem as it cleans areas and cycles nutrients through its diet. They have black antennae with orange spheres at the tips. These antennae are sensitive to the smell of carrion.


Spotted in an abandoned water tank.


Burying beetles are unique among insects in that both parents take care of the brood.

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Washington, USA

Spotted on May 5, 2019
Submitted on May 6, 2019

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