This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:
Ashdown, Arkansas Skowhegan, Maine Emigrant, Montana Deepwater, New Jersey Vincentown, New Jersey Craryville, New York Newark, Ohio Dover, Pennsylvania Thomasville, Pennsylvania Wellsville, Pennsylvania Whitehall, Pennsylvania Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania Leesburg, Virginia
On Jul 12, 2008, gardenwife from Newark, OH (Zone 5b) wrote:
Nature's cleaner-uppers. This is one big beetle. Acording to bugguide.net, it was formerly called silpha americana. They eat carrion and decaying fungi. The larvae eat carrion, maggots and other carrion beetles (equal opportunity eaters!). Nice.