Nicrophorus vespilloides (Herbst, 1783)
This is a large and brightly coloured insect and one of four species that are very similarly marked. N. vespilloides is the only one to have all black antennae. Being one of the burying beetles, 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. This adult was found during the day at Hare Hill Wood near Kersall on 06/05/07 and is the first time that I have seen one personally. Although they are said to be widespread and can be attracted to MV light, this is one species which we have not had turn up at a moth trapping session, although the larger and completely black Nicrophorus humator has done frequently.
Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Nicrophorus vespilloides
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Martin Warne. M L Denton (2002 Sherwood Forest Coleoptera survey). Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Pauline Bradford. Michael Walker.

You can contribute your own records to help us gain an accurate status of this species in Nottinghamshire. Send an Excel spreadsheet of your records via the 'contact us' link at the top of the homepage.

Updated January 2016

copyright Trevor and Dilys Pendleton ( . .
Beetle Photo Gallery - Thumbnail version
Beetle Photo Gallery - Text version