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American Burying Beetle

American Burying Beetle

Nicrophorus americanus
 
Status: Endangered (USFWS), SSP
Range: North America
A mated pair of beetles will bury an animal carcass to provide food for its hatching larvae. When the larvae emerge as adults, they will feed on small dead animals and fly up to two miles in search of food playing an important role in nutrient recycling. American burying beetles were the first insects to become a federally listed endangered species. Not viewable on Safari tour.