Could this be a carrion beetle?

Hanover Twp., PA(Zone 6a)

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.

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Churchill, Victoria, Australia(Zone 10a)


This forum is for questions relating to adding data to the BugFiles database.

We have a forum on Insect and Spider Identification here:
and if you post your question there, you may get some help,

If you have an image, you could attach it to the message you post for a better chance of getting an identification

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:

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