Adults feed on carrion themselves as well as rotting fruit and maggots, a competitor to their own larvae. If disturbed, they can produce a raspy, buzzing sound that is similar to a bee by rubbing their abdomen against the elytra (wing covering). That noise, and the similar coloration, may aid the Burying Beetle in avoiding conflicts with potential predators. The noise also believed to be a call to newly hatched larvae to feed.
Various species of Burying Beetle can be found in North America. Their habitat includes fields, meadows and forests (deciduous and mixed woods). Activity at night is usual and they have clubbed antennae, meaning they end in red or orange colored 'balls'.
Because they consume dead or rotting material at both life stages, Burying Beetles help return nutrients to the food web quickly. Though their choice of food source is unappealing to humans, their position in a food web makes their existence and proliferation just as important as a primary producer's.