Guardian Nature School Team Contact Blog Project Noah Facebook Project Noah Twitter

A global community of nature enthusiasts
photographing and learning about wildlife

Join Project Noah!
nature school apple icon

Project Noah Nature School visit nature school

Carrion Beetle

Ptomaphila lacrymosa


A flat beetle about 20 mms with thick elytra and flanges on both the elytra and thorax. The elytra had raised dark patches. Wings appeared to be protruding from under the elytra. Appeared to have prominent eyes. Antennae ended with soft yellowish clubs.


Spotted amongst moist leaf litter and plant pots in garden. 3 species of these beetles are found in the southern half of the continent.


This was previously incorrectly identified as "Pie-dish beetle". My thanks to stho002 for providing the correct ID. These beetles are said to live on carrion and live maggots and are useful for cleaning-up the environment. Family: Silphidae

1 Species ID Suggestions

stho002 7 years ago
Carrion beetle
Ptomaphila lacrymosa

Sign in to suggest organism ID

1 Comment

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 9 years ago

Very primitive looking.

Leuba Ridgway
Spotted by
Leuba Ridgway

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Dec 17, 2011
Submitted on Dec 17, 2011

Related Spottings

Carrion beetle American Carrion Beetle American carrion beetle Carrion Beetle with Mites

Nearby Spottings

Red Wattlebird white cabbage butterfly Brown Darkling Beetle Lacewing Larva
Noah Guardians
Noah Sponsors

Join the Project Noah Team Join Project Noah Team