Carrion Beetle
( Silphidae )


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PHOTO COMMENT

IDENTIFICATION
Identification:Silphidae
(Latreille, 1807)
Common Name:Carrion Beetle
Life Stage:(A) adult

PHYLOGENY

Phylum:Arthropoda
Class:Insecta
Superorder:Holometabola
Order:Coleoptera
Suborder:Polyphaga
Family:Silphidae
Taxon Code:COL00120
ITIS/TSN:113818

LOCATION DETAILS
Location Name
Alameda, Alameda, Alameda
County:Alameda County
ECI Site#:CA01010030

RECOGNITION

BIOLOGY
Food
Scavengers and carrion feeders; Aclypea, a sub-group, is herbivorous and can damage garden plants; there are predatory silphids (not in our area) who eat caterpillars & snails
Habitat
Wide variety of habitats, usually associated with carrion (also found on decomposing mushrooms and fruit); some come to lights.
Development
Nicrophorus sp., a member of the Silphidae, are among the very few beetles that exhibit parental care.

CREDITS
Photographer
Eddie Dunbar
Insect Sciences Museum of California

References
BugGuide .
ITIS ITIS TSN#.


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