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Burying beetle (<em>Necrophila americana</em>)
10-JUN-2012 Christine Hanrahan

Burying beetle (Necrophila americana)

This is a relatively large beetle at about 18-20 mm, and is very common and easily recognized. If you peer underneath dead creatures, such as mice, or shrews, or squirrels, etc. you are bound to see these beetles scurrying away - though you might wonder why you would be peering under dead animals in the first place! Well, scat and carrion are good places to look for insects you might not otherwise find :-) In the case of this one, however, it was perched on a leaf.

Canon PowerShot SX20 IS
1/250s f/3.5 at 5.0mm iso200 full exif

other sizes: small medium original
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Flo Hendry06-Oct-2012 03:33
Creepy looking beetle but so well captured and nicely framed. Excellent!
Karen Stuebing30-Sep-2012 21:31
Interesting that he looks like he fits the part of eater of dead meat with all the black coloration. I like the cape like part behind his head. V.
MarcViskens30-Sep-2012 18:20
fine shot Christine
LynnH30-Sep-2012 17:22
Excellent photo and details!! V
Terry Sprague30-Sep-2012 17:12
That's what that bug is!! Great capture, glad it wasn't under a dead animal, though! V
Jim Coffman30-Sep-2012 16:50
A fine capture always!
Graeme30-Sep-2012 16:50
Great info about this beetle, Christine and the capture of course.BV
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