Wow, this dead worm must have been really delicious!! It was being fed upon by a whole nest of ants, some flies, and no less than eight black carrion beetles (oohirata shidemushi). The beetles seemed to be in almost a feeding frenzy (and mating). Although I’ve often seen these beetles in twos or threes, this was the first time I’d seen so many.
While I was watching, the eighth beetle arrived on the scene with a fly hitching a ride on its back. It was comical to see the two arrive: the fly jumped straight off into the middle of the pack of beetles, while the late arrival went in a wide circle and finally joined the gang.
Eusilpha japonica = black carrion beetle (oohirata shidemushi)