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Carrion Beetle
(John Obermeyer, Purdue University)
Common Name: Carrion Beetle

Order: Coleoptera

Family: Silphida

Pest Status: Carrion beetles are beneficial insects that help break down and decompose dead animal carcasses.

Appearance: Adults are black and orange, stout-bodied, and 1/2 to 1-inch in length.

Life Cycle: A female lays eggs on the body of a dead host. When the eggs hatch, the larvae feed on the carcass.

Where to Collect: Adults can be found wandering around or underneath dead animal carcasses.