Burying Beetle with mites (Nicrophoreus vespilloides)

Have you ever wondered what happens to small dead animals? Well this beetle actually buries them. The female then lays her eggs and the larvae munch and grow. The beetles are usually covered in mites (Gamasus spp.) which you can clearly see. There are several different types of markings which are orange and black or just black. You do not see them too often but when you do you will know straight away.
By the way I found this one when it flew past me and landed in the undergrowth. This was in a large overgrown reserve 10 minutes walk from where I live.

Taken with a Canon 600D and Canon 100mm macro lens and Marumi Flash.


  1. Hi Ad, As far as I am aware they are just hanging on for a free lunch.


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