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Jun 15, 2013 4:51 PM

Ticket to Ride Beetle Style?

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I recently found this Sexton or Burying Beetle [ Nicrophorus vespilloides] in a hill wood in Scotland. The Sexton Beetle does a useful job by burying small dead animals and birds, on which it lay's its eggs for the larvae to feed. It nearly landed on my head but fell onto a bracken frond. Moving in to get a better view, I was aghast, it seemed covered in parasites but have since found that they are not. The small insect passengers are Gamasid Mites which use the beetle to gain access to another food source where they feed on carrion-fly eggs and maggots.,

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