Red-Lined Carrion Beetle (Necrodes surimanensis)
Detailing the physical features, habits, territorial reach and other identifying qualities of the Red-Lined Carrion Beetle.
Updated: 8/4/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ©www.InsectIdentification.org
Seeing a Red-Lined Carrion Beetle suggests a rotting bird or mammal is nearby and hosting the beetle's preferred food item: fly larvae.
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.