Oiceoptoma noveboracense (Forster, 1771)Edit

Arthropods (Arthropoda)----Insects (Insecta)----Beetles (Coleoptera)----Polyphaga----Staphylinoidea----Carrion beetles (Silphidae)-----Oiceoptoma----O. novaboracense
Margined carrion beetle1

3rd May, 2009.

Margined carrion beetle2

3rd May, 2009. They play dead when disturbed.

The Margined carrion beetle is one of the more pretty species. The elytra can be anywhere from brown to black in colouring. This species is often found in deciduous forests but is most likely seen in open areas such as grassland. Like other Carrion beetles this species becomes active in early spring and summer and is found during the day (=diurnal). This species has been known previously as Silpha noveboracensis and Oiceoptoma noveboracensis.