Burying Beetle

Asked September 4, 2018, 8:53 AM EDT

I believe I have some burying beetles on my property. I trapped a mole and put it by the edge of the woods only to find these guys pulling it underground. Are they as rare as I have read?

Washington County Minnesota

1 Response

The American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) is rare and endangered but the species isn't likely to be found in Minnesota:

However, a number of Nicrophorus species of similar habit and appearance do occur here. Perhaps you can use this tool to identify the species that buried the mole: