American Burying Beetle

By: Tyesha Nix

Family

A Critical Endangered Species Of Beetle Endemic To North America. It Belongs To To The Order Coleoptera And The Family Silphidae.

Unique Ways

About An Inch And A Half Long, The American Burying Beetle Can Be Identified By Its Striking Distinctive Coloring. The Body Is Shiny And Black, On Its Wing Covers Are Four Scalloped, Orange- Red Markings. Has Orange Facial Markings And Orange Tips On Its Antennae. They Beetles Are Very Strong Fliers. They Fly As Far As A Kilometer In One Night.

Where Can You Find Them?

They Have A Slight Preference To Live In The Grassland And Open Understory Oak History Forrest. However The Beetles Are Carrion Specialists In That They Need Carrion The Size Of A Dove Or Chipmunk.

Why Are They Rare?

They Haven't Unlocked The Mystery Why They They American Burying Beetle Has Disappeared From So Many Areas. Biologist Return Each Year To Penikesse Island To Study the survival and growth of the beetle population. Hopefully, their annual visits will provide clues about the environmental conditions American burying beetles must have to live and reproduce.

What Are They Helping Us?

Since the landing of the Pilgrims in 1620, more than 500 species, subspecies and varieties of our nation's plants and animals are known to have become extinct. This recent, catastrophic loss of biological diversity is continuing at an unprecedented rate. Each and every species has a valuable ecological role in the balance of nature, and each loss destabilizes that fragile balance. Once a species is extinct, it is gone forever. Experience has proven that many plants and animals have properties which will prove beneficial to humans as sources of food and medicine. With the loss of each species, we lose a potential resource for improving the quality of life for all humanity.