Can anyone identify this beetle?

Asked July 31, 2014, 3:57 PM EDT

Just wondering what kind of beetle this is haven't seen one before.

Luce County Michigan

1 Response

The insect is an adult burying beetle, Order Coleoptera, family Silphidae. I can't get you the species right now, as I am out of the office and away from my references. Adults have a tremendous sense of smell, which they use to locate recently deceased animals. The carcass is slowly buried by digging earth from beneath it and pushing it on top- the body slowly lowers into the ground this way. Eggs are laid in the decaying flesh, and the larvae of the beetle feed on the mess.

Adults are sometimes attracted to lights at night.