American Carrion Beetle (Necrophila americana)

Order: Coleoptera (ko-lee-OP-ter-a) (Info)
Family: Silphidae
Genus: Necrophila
Species: americana (a-mer-ih-KAY-na) (Info)

Regional

This bug has been reportedly found in the following regions:

Ashdown, Arkansas
Lavaca, 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
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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.