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