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  • Margined Burying Beetle - (Nicrophorus mariginatus)

    Margined Burying Beetle - (Nicrophorus mariginatus)

    A type of Sexton beetle, the Margined Burying Beetle works to break down decomposing animals to the benefit of everyone and everything.

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    Staff Writer (8/3/2017): Margined Burying Beetles feed on the carcasses of dead animals. Antennae sensitive to the smell of carrion lead the beetles to it. They even bury the carcasses underground which aids in decomposing tissue as well as removing the odor of rotting flesh from the air. Their whole existence is a benefit to the ecosystem as they clean areas and cycle nutrients through their diet, passing them along to larger insects and animals that prey on them.

    Adult Margined Burying Beetles care for their young. Males guard the female outside while she goes underground to lay her fertilized eggs on or near a carcass that was buried. The parents help the newly hatched larvae feed from the carrion, in a similar way to birds, until they can eat on their own.

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    Margined Burying Beetle

    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Margined Burying Beetle
    Scientific Name: Nicrophorus mariginatus

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Silphidae
           Genus: Nicrophorus
            Species: mariginatus

    Size (Adult, Length): 13mm to 20mm (0.51in to 0.79in)

    Identifying Colors: orange, black

    Additional Descriptors: checkered, banded, carrion, rotting, flying, helpful

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Alaska; Arizona; Arkansas; California; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Hawaii; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; Nevada; New Hampshire; New Jersey; New Mexico; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Utah; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; Wyoming; Alberta; British Columbia; Manitoba; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Saskatchewan; Mexico

    * Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines on a map and therefore may appear in areas/regions/states beyond those listed above.

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