Thanatophilus lapponicus (Herbst, 1793)Edit

Arthropods (Arthropoda)----Insects (Insecta)---Beetles (Coleoptera)---Polyphaga---Staphylinoidea----Carrion beetles (Silphidae)----Thanatophilus-----T. lapponicus
Northern carrion beetle1

2nd May, 2009.

Northern carrion beetle2

2nd May, 2009. When disturbed these insects may play dead.

The Northern Carrion beetle, as its name suggests, is a northern species found throughout Canada and northern parts of the United States. This is just one of the spring and early summer carrion feeders that help clear our world of decaying animal carcasses. This species also feeds on fly and other insect larvae if available. This species used to be known as Silpha lapponica.

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