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American Carrion Beetle

Necrophila americana


This is the larval form of the American Carrion Beetle. It's hard to explain, but it moves like a mouse or other small mammal, not like an insect. Startled the heck out of me when I saw it!


While these feed on carrion, they'll also eat fungi, and I have to assume that's what they're eating in my garden, as I do not leave very many corpses lying around. Garden in mixed woods.

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Pittsboro, North Carolina, USA

Spotted on May 18, 2013
Submitted on Dec 25, 2013

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