Burying Beetle

This burying beetle flew past me so I grabbed it and held on while I fiddled around changing my camera lens (I always have the wrong one on!). When I was ready, I opened my hand to take a photo but the damn thing flew off almost immediately – only time to snap one shot… A bit blurry of course.

Burying beetles are so called because they dig holes under dead birds and animals (small ones!) and so bury them. They lay their eggs in the carcass and the larvae feed on the rotting meat. Not very pleasant but it’s a very important role!

Coleoptera: Silphidae
Nicrophorus quadripunctatus
Burying beetle = yotsuboshi-mon-shidemushi

Location: Edge of mikan orange orchard near Munakata Common (map).

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