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  • Red-Lined Carrion Beetle - (Necrodes surimanensis)

    Red-Lined Carrion Beetle - (Necrodes surimanensis)

    Seeing a Red-Lined Carrion Beetle suggests a rotting bird or mammal is nearby and hosting the beetle's preferred food item: fly larvae.

    Staff Writer (8/4/2017): The Red-Lined Carrion Beetle can be found feasting on the maggots that cover rotting carcasses. Like the decaying creature the fly larvae feed on, the Red-Lined Carrion Beetle has a foul odor. They are attracted to lights at night and may congregate on porches because of them. They are active from spring through most of autumn. Adults survive winter by going underground or taking shelter to avoid the cold and frost.

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    Red-Lined Carrion Beetle

    Category: Beetle
    Common name: Red-Lined Carrion Beetle
    Scientific Name: Necrodes surimanensis

      Kingdom: Animalia
       Phylum: Arthropoda
        Class: Insecta
         Order: Coleoptera
          Family: Silphidae
           Genus: Necrodes
            Species: surimanensis

    Size (Adult, Length): 12mm to 25mm (0.47in to 0.98in)

    Identifying Colors: black, orange, red

    Additional Descriptors: stripe, line, flat, flying, group, helpful

    North American Reach (Though Not Limited To*): Alabama; Arkansas; Colorado; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Idaho; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska; 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; 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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