Photo by Melody

Red-lined Carrion Beetle (Necrodes surinamensis)

Order: Coleoptera (ko-lee-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Silphidae
Genus: Necrodes
Species: surinamensis


3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives


This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Zephyrhills, Florida
Benton, Kentucky
Glouster, Ohio

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Member Notes:

Positive melody On Jun 16, 2007, melody from Benton, KY
(Zone 7a) wrote:

Found mainly in central and eastern North America, although there is a small population in the Pacific Northwest.

The adults lay their eggs in the soil, and the larvae use it as a food source.

The adults and larvae both use fly maggots as a food source.

Not exactly the prettiest picture, but these insects serve a purpose...they are Nature's Garbagemen.

Positive JPillivant On Mar 15, 2008, JPillivant from Zephyrhills, FL wrote:

I have a specimen of this beetle, located in Zephyrhills, Florida. What is the general region of this beetle? I work at a middle school and someone found it in a bathroom and my principal gave it to me, being a science teacher. I was trying
to identify it and finally saw this picture. The name of beetle being the Red Carrion, does this mean it feeds off of dead organisms?

Neutral barb66 On Jun 3, 2008, barb66 from Sydney, Nova Scotia
Canada wrote:

I have never seen this type of beetle in my home town until now. They are invading my house! What would attract these insects to the inside? They are very hard to kill and when approched, they are fast and can fly. They leave a remarkable foul odour as a natural defense mechanism. I really don't need them in my bed. I thought they were a type of cocroach. Will I need to get an exterminator to get rid of these pests? I don't know how they are getting in the house?

Positive DiOhio On Oct 4, 2012, DiOhio from Corning, OH
(Zone 6a) wrote:

They come to lights.

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