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Jun 2, 2012 10:25 AM

Large Black Beetle

I am getting more Beetles in my moth trap these days and this one was a beauty with big orange feathered antennae.

 

1) Identification -Looking on the web, I think it is the Black Sexton Beetle, can any specialist confirm this for me ?

2) The other picture shows the beetles head with small Mites or young clinging to the underside of the head.

    Is it an infestation of Mites or are they young ? (Marked with an arrow)

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    Jun 2, 2012 12:03 PM (in response to GWMOTHS)
    Re: Large Black Beetle

    Yes, a black Sexton beetle and Nicrophorus humator. Among other characters this species has orange antennal clubs. The mites are phoretic and basically are hitching a lift and are of no harm to the beetle. From reading a couple of papers about these mites It appears that there are species of mite that are specific to species of beetles, including the respective species of Nicrophorus.

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