This vibrant 3cm long beetle was found flying around in my conservatory. It then dropped into a jug what is it exactly?
Its a Burying Beetle there are a few very similiar but suggest its Nicrophorus interruptus
It is a sexton beetle
It is not the common sexton beetle (black tips to antennae); it is the (larger) Nicrophorus investigator (orange tips to entennae)
Ah - difference of opinon...
I favoured N. investigator because of apparent absence of 'yellow pubescence on protruding abdominal segments' (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nicrophorus_interruptus).
Also, it is a bit more common:
I still favour N.interruptus as both red bands are broken what do you think
Both bands are broken in both species. I know NatureSpot has for N. investigator "only the posterior orange band is broken on the mid line where the elytra join", but the photos show otherwise.
The anterior band gap is a bit wider than the posterior band gap in both species.
I guess N. interruptus might have a slightly wider anterior band gap than N. investigator, but there is a degree of variation in both species (going on Google images).
There's some useful info here
eg. yellow abdominal hairs, and their not neccarily being present in N. interruptus
OK - on balance, and bearing in mind we can't see other things well enough (eg. tibia geometry), I go with your ID, Steve. Good to 'talk'.