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Silky Carrion Beetle

Thanatophilus lapponicus


About 15 millimeters in length, colored as shown with a dense covering of silky yellowish hairs on the pronotum (top of thorax). Eltyra (wing covers) with bumpy texture.


Found on bones of large mammal at the bottom of a deep, narrow ditch. Surrounding habitat is severely degraded shortgrass prairie in an urban setting.


Also known as the Northern Carrion Beetle.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Apr 9, 2014
Submitted on Apr 12, 2014

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