American carrion beetle

(Necrophila americana)

               
Conservation Status

IUCN Red List

not yet assessed

American carrion beetle

NatureServe

NNR - Unranked

Minnesota

not listed

Occurrence

Common

Flight/Season

Masrch to September

Habitat

Moist woods

Size

½ to ¾ long

 

 

 

 

   
 
Identification

The pronotum is yellow with a single squarish black spot near the center. The spot is usually well separated from the margin at the base of the pronotum. In the northern states and Canada the elytra have a yellow tip.

 
Similar
Species

Margined carrion beetle (Oiceoptoma noveboracense) is smaller. The pronotum is orange. The black spot on the pronotum is cross-shaped and touches the margin at the base of the pronotum.

Ridged carrion beetle (Oiceoptoma inaequale) pronotum is entirely black.

 
Larval Food

Animal carrion and fly maggots, and beetle larvae

 
Adult Food

Fly larvae and carrion

 
Life Cycle

The female lays eggs directly on or in a blown carcas of an animal rat sized or larger. Adults overwinter in the ground.

 
Behavior

 

 
Distribution Distribution Map  

Sources: 7, 24, 27, 29, 30.

 
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Taxonomy

Order:

Coleoptera (beetles)

 

Suborder:

Polyphaga (water, rove, scarab, longhorn, leaf and snout beetles)

 

Infraorder:

Staphyliniformia

 

Superfamily:

Staphylinoidea (rove, carrion and fungus beetles)

 

Family:

Silphidae (carrion beetles)

 

Subfamily:

Silphinae

 

American carrion beetle was formerly classified Silpha americana. This and all other North American silphid beetles, formerly in the genus Silpha, have been transferred to the subfamilies Nicrophorinae and Silphinae.

 
Synonyms

Silpha americana

 
Common
Names

American carrion beetle

crusader carrion beetle

 

 

 

 

 

 

Glossary

Elytra

The hardened forewings on an insect used to protect the fragile hindwings, which are used for flying, in beetles and true bugs.

 

Pronotum

The saddle-shaped, exoskeletal plate on the upper side of the first segment of the thorax of an insect.

 

 

 

 

 

       
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It was crawling on our back yard patio.

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Here we have the American Carrion Beetle. I spotting it flying and shot a stream of water at it from the garden hose, knocking it to the ground. One of the shots is of the beetle resetting it's wings, I'm guessing, for it didn't take off while I took a few images.

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  Carrion Beetle (Silphidae: Necrophila americana) on Tree Trunk
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Published on Jun 13, 2012

Photographed at the Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (12 June 2012).

   
       
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Published on Jul 9, 2013

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  American Carrion Beetle (Silphidae: Necrophila americana)
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Uploaded on Jul 20, 2010

Photographed at the Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (20 July 2010).

   
       
  American Carrion Beetle (Silphidae: Necrophila americana) on Burdock Blossom
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Uploaded on Jul 31, 2010

Photographed at Turtle River State Park, North Dakota (30 July 2010).

   
       

 

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Maggie Lindberg
7/29/2020

Location: 8835 42nd St., Lake Elmo, MN

It was crawling on our back yard patio.

American carrion beetle


Luciearl
1/4/2018

Location: Lake Shore, MN

American carrion beetle


Bill Reynolds
8/4/2017

Location: Pennington Co MN

Here we have the American Carrion Beetle. I spotting it flying and shot a stream of water at it from the garden hose, knocking it to the ground. One of the shots is of the beetle resetting it's wings, I'm guessing, for it didn't take off while I took a few images.

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