carrion beetle

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Related to carrion beetles: burying beetle, Silphidae

carrion beetle

n
(Animals) any beetle of the family Silphidae that track carrion by a keen sense of smell. See also burying beetle
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Carrion beetles (Coleoptera: Silphidae) play an important role in vertebrate decomposition as they utilize carcasses to carry out their life cycles.
This aroma is perfect for attracting the carrion beetles that pollinate this plant.
Fraser said other guests have compared the smell, used to attract pollinators like carrion beetles, to other unpleasant odors.
2005 Carrion Beetles (Coleoptera: Silphidae) of the Konza Prairie Biological Station.
Carrion beetles scuttle in and out of eye holes, backs shelled yellow and black, like a child's faith in the turning of day and night, showing us how the spirit departs, how the flesh vanishes, too.
Abstract: We provide information on the carrion beetles from two localities of Gomez Farias, Jalisco, Mexico, including their abundance, diversity, phenology and faunistic similarity.
While larger scavengers like vultures and hyenas tear off hunks of flesh, smaller ones like carrion beetles and flies break down the majority of a carcass.
Scenario 1 * Carrion flies * Predatory flies * Carrion beetles * Predatory beetles * Hair and skin beetles Scenario 2 * Blow flies * Flesh flies * Predatory flies * Carrion beetles * Rove beetles * Carpet beetles * Clothes moths
There were crocodile newts, bamboo bats and rats, the astonishingly human snub-nosed monkeys - and the bizarre plant which stinks of rotting flesh at night to attract carrion beetles, traps them for 24 hours until they're covered in pollen, then lets them go to visit other stinky flowers and ensure the continuance of a pungent species.
Because carrion beetles (Silphidae) rely on carcasses for food and breeding material, one might expect them to be concentrated near the ground where carrion is most readily available.
The fattened young disperse to pupate in nearby soil and emerge as carrion beetles a couple months later.