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Gold-Necked Carrion Beetle

Nicrophorus tomentosus


Found indoors. Seemed quite intent on cleaning itself and exploring the corner of the wall it was on.


Native to U.S. and Canada. According to wikipedia... Found in areas with carcasses, from dead birds to rodents. (which makes me worry as it was in a dorm hallway. Hoping it was just attracted by the lights at night and came in an open window in confusion) Found the following areas: forests, woodlands, shrub land, and sandy prairies. Worldwide distribution. "However, in the western hemisphere it is located in the United States excluding the southeast region, and Southern Canada that is east of the Rocky Mountains. N. tomentosus are seasonal. Thus they are only found in the months May through October, primarily in the months of July and August."


Apparently these beetles are great parents.

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Maine, USA

Spotted on Aug 3, 2012
Submitted on Aug 5, 2012

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