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Margined Carrion Beetle

Oiceoptoma noveboracense


I found this beetle at a cherry orchard in an area where two young kids walked over and said "Eew! It smells like rotten bodies!" This was quite the observation, as it makes sense I found this Oiceoptoma noveboracense, a Margined Carrion Beetle in this area. I think the rotten smell was due to the mass emergence of the 17-year Cicadas (Magicicada sp., mostly M. septendecim and M. cassini). There were many which had died around this area. They were still flying here though!


Found in an area where "It smells like rotten bodies!" was the first reaction by two young children.



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Jacob Gorneau
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Jacob Gorneau

New York, USA

Spotted on Jun 26, 2013
Submitted on Jul 8, 2013

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