Roundneck Sexton Beetle

Nicrophorus orbicollis

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Nicrophorus orbicollis is a nearctic burying beetle first described by Thomas Say in 1825. It is a member of the genus Nicrophorus or sexton beetles, comprising the most common beetles in the family Silphidae. This species is a decomposer feeding on carcasses of small dead animals. N. orbicollis can be used for scientific research both medically and forensically (if the beetle is present in the area).

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  1. (c) KT Thalin, some rights reserved (CC BY-NC), http://www.inaturalist.org/photos/453671
  2. (c) Wikipedia, some rights reserved (CC BY-SA), https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicrophorus_orbicollis

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