American Burying Beetle

American Burying Beetle – less than or equal to 25,000

Nicrophorus americanus

St. Louis Zoo, St. Louis, Missouri

American burying beetles like dark, undisturbed areas rich in carrion. Nature’s undertakers, they bury small dead animals to feed their young. After digging a hole beneath an animal, they strip it of fur or feathers and apply secretions to retard decay. The female beetle then lays eggs in a chamber above the carcass. Their range is down from 35 states to 9.


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