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American Carrion Beetle

Necrophila americana


Black beetle that appears to have armor. The top, front side of the beetle has a yellow area with a black spot in the middle. Adults are about 11 to 22 mm long.


Typically found around a rotting carcass. This one was found in the midlands of South Carolina near a deciduous forest. Nearby is a large cattle farm.


This one was observed on rotting watermelon that was put out to attract butterflies.

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South Carolina, USA

Lat: 33.63, Long: -81.96

Spotted on Jun 14, 2011
Submitted on Jan 14, 2013

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