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Please can someone identify this for me?
Found it in the disabled bathroom of the Punch Bowl Inn, Low Row, Swaledale Yorkshire last week.
Hello Rob, I think this is a Sexton Beetle, so called because they bury small dead animals. They then lay eggs into the body and the larvae feed on the flesh. (Sorry if you are eating). Hope this is of some help.
See here for the different species
Yours is either Nicrophorus investigator or N. vespillo.
To tell which, you'd need to see the tips of the antennae better than I can in your photo
(details in the link above).
All you ever wanted to know about sexton beetles
Thank you both Wortmaggot and Mike
Thank for the increased info, Mike
It is definitely a Nicrophorus Investigator