Carcass Beetle

Omorgus Candidus

Geographic Location

  • May be found Worldwide
  • Most commonly in Australia-containing over 50 species
  • Dry environments

Where do they feed?

  • Dry skin/ligaments
  • Last bug to inhabit the carcass
  • Generally may be first to appear on burned/charred victims

Where do they inhabit on the body?

  • Live in vertical burrows in soil under dead carcasses
  • Females are the ones to dig small vertical columns to lay eggs


  • Extremely thick/impenetrable exoskeleton
  • Flightless
  • Dull color
  • robust/roughly sculptured

Carcass Beetles, just like most other beetles undergo complete metamorphosis

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Fun Facts

  1. They are know to eat feathers and fur, in addition to skin
  2. Sometimes inhabit bird/other animal nests
  3. Do not live in MOIST environments (dry climates only)
  4. Avoid predator detection by blending in with dirt
  5. Utility for forensic science is still unknown
  6. Museums may use them to strip bones of dead skin


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"Carcass Beetle, Omorgus Candidus - Australian Museum." Carcass Beetle, Omorgus Candidus - Australian Museum. Web. 27 Apr. 2015. <>.

"Trogidae (carcass Beetles)." Trogidae (carcass Beetles). Web. 27 Apr. 2015. <>.