Carrion Beetle

This large, beautiful beetle is a carrion beetle and as the name suggests, they eat carrion (dead flesh). The adults have an incredible sense of smell, and can find “death” from a great distance. The adult male and female breed on a small carrion mass, and will bury themselves and their food to rear their young together. As these beetles help with decomposition, they perform a vital ecological service. Other carrion beetles offer much evidence to forensic investigators, especially in estimating time of death.