A type of Sexton beetle, the Margined Burying Beetle works to break down decomposing animals to the benefit of everyone and everything.
The orange and black Margined Burying Beetle feeds on the carcasses of dead animals. Antennae are black with large orange spheres at the tip. These antennae are sensitive to the smell of carrion lead the beetle to it. This beetle even buries carcasses underground which aids in decomposing the tissue of the animal. It also removes the odor of rotting flesh from the air. The Margined Burying Beetle's whole existence is a benefit to the ecosystem as it cleans areas and cycles nutrients through its diet. They have their own predators, passing all of those nutrients to up the food chain.
Adult Margined Burying Beetles care for their young. A male guards the female, stationing himself outside while she goes underground to lay her fertilized eggs on or near a carcass that was buried. The parents then help the newly hatched larvae feed from the carrion, in a similar way to birds, until they can eat on their own.
Scientific Name: Nicrophorus mariginatus
Size (Adult; Length): 13mm to 20mm (0.51in to 0.78in)
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Antennae: Beetles have a pair of antennae on the head used as sensors.
Head: The head is home to the insect's eyes, antennae, and mandibles (jaws).
Thorax: Holds the three pairs of legs as well as vital internal organs.
Elytron: One of two wing cases on a Beetle that protects its wings (plural: elytra).
Wings: Appendages used for flying and kept under the elytra until needed.
Abdomen: Houses organs related to circulation, reproduction, and excretion.
Legs: Beetles have three pairs of legs located at the thorax, numbering six legs in all.