There seems to be a few stages of this beetle eating some decay material. I am posting the largest of the group. I have never seen this bug in the forest before. It is at least 1" long, black, almost round with a yellow blotch by the head. Can anyone help ID this bug.
Could this be a carrion beetle?
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Having said that, I have managed to identify your beetle. You are right in calling it a Carrion Beetle, it is the American Carrion Beetle - Necrophila americana in the family Silphidae: