Attracted to more than carcasses, the Pustulated Carrion Beetle has been a parasite to reptile eggs, which is an unusual choice for an invertebrate.
Dead animals are typical food sources for a Carrion Beetle, but this species branches out a bit. Beetle larvae have parasitized the eggs of a particular snake, and there is a possibility that other reptile and avian eggs may be fodder for these little grubs as well.
Adults are black with two orange-red spots on the bottom of their wing coverings, and single ones on the upper part. Their short antennae appear to have orange balls on them when the tips are closed. The tips can flare open and reveal short, orange 'fingers'. The abdomen is longer than the wing coverings (elytra) so it gives the body a tapered end.
Scientific Name: Nicrophorus pustulatus
Size (Adult; Length): 14mm to 22mm (0.55in to 0.86in)
Colors: black; red
Descriptors: red dots; two red spots; flared antennae; flying;
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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.