Nicrophorus vespillo (Linnaeus, 1758)
This is another of the large and brightly coloured Burying Beetles and one of four species that are very similarly marked. N. vespillo is distinctive through the long golden hairs on the elytra and exposed abdominal segments. It's diet is carrion, which it buries in the ground to provide a food source for the young once they hatch. Burying is usually done by both male and female, excavating underneath the corpse and covering it with the resulting soil as they go. Eggs are then laid in a chamber by the female.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Nicrophorus vespillo
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Sherwood Forest Trust (2008 Oak Tree Heath invertebrate survey). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Allan and Annette Binding. Tim Sexton. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). NBGRC. Netherfield Wildlife Group.

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Updated January 2022

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