Carrion beetles are known for feeding on dead organic matter, mainly carrion. Both the larval and adult stages are known to do this.
These beetles are separated into two subfamilies, divided into several tribes of various genera.
Size: 0.275-1.77 in (0.7-4.5 cm)
Color: Generally black, with yellow markings in some specimens.
Other Characteristic Features: Their bodies are flexible and flat, with elytra that are wider close to the thorax and narrower closer to the abdomen.
The larva of these beetles tends to be black and segmented. They go through three instars for around 10-30 days, feeding on a single source of carrion.
Once they mature, the larvae move away from their food source to pupate. The pupal stage lasts for 14-21 days.
The eggs are deposited inside a suitable carcass, from which they emerge as larvae within 12-48 hours.
|Other names||Large carrion beetles, burying beetles, sexton beetles.|
|Lifespan||4-6 months, though some can live for as long as 12 months|
|Habitat||Mostly temperate, though some species live in tropical areas|
|Seasons active||March to September|
|Hosts||Dead or decaying animal matter|
|Diet||Detritus, as well as the maggots that gather on them|
They are not harmful to humans; instead, by burying carcasses, they help prevent the spread of disease and pests like flies.