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nicrophorus vespilloides

By CarolG  
Nicrophorus vespilloides, or common sexton beetle, has squarish wing cases that are black with red bands and button-like tips to the antennae. These beetles perform an important service in getting rid of carrion - dead small animals and birds. Males and females co-operate to bury this matter, by digging beneath the bodies to provide a food supply for their larvae. Adults show an incredible maternal care for the larvae, something very unusual in the insect world. They fly in search of new sources of food at night and readily come to outside lights. They are often seen to be host to very tiny pinkish brown mites which are not parasites but feeders on moulds which would otherwise spoil carrion as a food source for the larvae. These mites use the beetles as a way of getting about. This beetle is commonly seen at night in gardens, often in company with a related, all black species, the black sexton.
This little fella was one of my recent pool rescues, I think the mites were glad to be hitching a ride!

Tags: General Close-up and macro Wildlife and nature

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GrahamNobles 10 9 4 England
23 Oct 2009 5:34AM
He's a handsome lad!

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23 Oct 2009 5:37AM
fabulous, he looks incredible!
Thushari 8 1 Sri Lanka
23 Oct 2009 5:48AM
Great set Carol,
V1 for me today. great detail and color.
goso 11 2 1 Australia
23 Oct 2009 6:13AM
Impeccable detail Carol...Bill
23 Oct 2009 6:14AM
Great set Carol V4 for me.
baclark 9 3.7k 24 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 6:15AM
What an interesting set of images, don't think I've seen these before. Very sharp, crisp captures with great details. Thanks for the write up too.
MandsH 11 England
23 Oct 2009 6:20AM
A very interesting looking bug, well captured
colmar 10 42 35 Scotland
23 Oct 2009 6:29AM
Well caught x 5 !!! Grand detail on them all v1 for me thanks for sharing Colin
VIKI 11 18 1 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 6:37AM
Wow, what colours in this one!!!!
jaktis 14 84 Sweden
23 Oct 2009 6:38AM
I love the antennae details

cats_123 Plus
14 4.8k 28 Northern Ireland
23 Oct 2009 7:32AM
Just `Gorgeous' Smile
fentiger Plus
16 918 24 England
23 Oct 2009 7:32AM
Where you live Carol must be teeming with different bugs. Another fine set of great macro images.

PinkK 8 80 1 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 7:39AM
Fantastic set, the detail is superb!
23 Oct 2009 7:53AM
superb set , great detail
barbarahirst 9 27 12 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 7:53AM
I just had to give you my award for these
Brilliant work
RachelMB 12 42 10 England
23 Oct 2009 7:54AM
Nice shots Smile V2 for me because of the detail on the wings.
Arty 15 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 8:00AM
This is an awesome set of shots!! Well spotted and taken.
Glynn 12 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 8:00AM
Some nice textures on these images and i like V2

Mynett 9 142 6 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 8:11AM
very well turned out bug, great colours in the wings

Ray42 10 3 England
23 Oct 2009 8:18AM
Great set (as usual) Carol and another well deserved award
Nettles 11 England
23 Oct 2009 8:48AM
An excellent set, well done with the award.
23 Oct 2009 9:15AM
really this deserves award, very very good work.
viscostatic 11 36 5 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 9:19AM
Foue great close-ups Carol and more interesting information about a species I mwasn't even aware of.

9 10 10 England
23 Oct 2009 9:35AM
These images are exceptional - great detail, colour, presentation.
Stunning set of macro's.
23 Oct 2009 9:38AM
Fine set Carol
congrats on awrad.. i mean award
gingerdelight 11 298 11 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 9:42AM
Absolutely wonderful series of images Carol, even down to the mini-bugs! And I love their antennae! Great shots.
mrswoolybill Plus
11 1.2k 1929 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 9:48AM
Fabulous detail, and I like the wings peeping through in V2.
superb images carol.well done again.ray
dmhuynh72 10 44 3 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 10:45AM
beautiful series Carol, i especially like v2.

Cormy 10 3 England
23 Oct 2009 11:07AM
Fine set Carol.
MickyMc 10 8 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 11:21AM
I feel quite itchy but they are lovely
Joline Plus
11 30 53 United States
23 Oct 2009 11:54AM
Those antennae are quite amazing. They could double as corkscrews!
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
23 Oct 2009 12:23PM
A bit cary that you never run out of fantastic bugs-- Wonderful bug and photo of!!!
photophantom 10 108 3 Philippines
23 Oct 2009 12:34PM
danbrann Plus
13 637 17
23 Oct 2009 12:58PM
A great set but V2 is outstanding.
pluckyfilly 11 351 33 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 1:16PM
all of them good shots
23 Oct 2009 1:22PM
Great looking bug Carol ... v4 my fav

wyatturp 12 2 England
23 Oct 2009 1:25PM
good to view Thanks!!!

EAS 9 1 13 Scotland
23 Oct 2009 2:00PM
Quite a character! As ever, a lovely, well captured and presented series.

I've added V2 for you, with leaves and stems taken this morning. Binned the original of V1.

PattiW 12 24 2 United States
23 Oct 2009 2:27PM
I never cease to be amazed at the marvelous creatures you find! This is a real colorful and detailed little guy! Superb write up also. God bless, Patti
jonwebber 9 4 1 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 2:33PM
Yet again four wonderfully detailed insect pics. Full marks in all departments.
Bob_V 10 1 2 United States
23 Oct 2009 3:07PM
These are superb Carol, such fantastic work as usual.
23 Oct 2009 3:15PM
23 Oct 2009 3:33PM
Great captures of an interesting and vivid looking bug, also thenks for the latin name, wonderful work again Carol.

Luciajo 8 8 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 3:37PM
How do you manage to find these little creatures! V1 and V4 for me, great macro as usual.
franfoto 10 2 32 England
23 Oct 2009 4:10PM
Some more of your great close ups Carol, the detail is always spot on with your work. # 1 for me this time.
23 Oct 2009 4:11PM
brill close up great colours
Dave_Holdham 9 4 1 Wales
23 Oct 2009 4:30PM
Superb set of detailed images, great presentation
casson 12 3 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 5:47PM
A graet set Carol and an interesting write up, v1 i really like.
RuthyJ 11 England
23 Oct 2009 5:57PM
Fabulous Carol. Love the feelers.
cassiecat 9 39 46 England
23 Oct 2009 5:59PM
v2 is my fav.lesley
taggart Plus
13 47 13 United States
23 Oct 2009 6:21PM
Ah! yes, it does look like a cow plop, but it is part of of tree--- LOL!

no cows in our woods--- I hope
TrevBatWCC Plus
9 12 12 England
23 Oct 2009 6:58PM
Another cracking set, Carol, brilliant captures.
TrevB Smile
teocali Plus
10 441 18 England
23 Oct 2009 7:02PM
Another superb series Carol - each one worthy of its own upload, but V2 with the furled wings is fascinating.
exposure Plus
14 5.8k England
23 Oct 2009 7:05PM
Lovely light and colour Carol and detailed textures.
A very well shot series> detail, colours, light ..etc.. JNC
betts 10 1 England
23 Oct 2009 8:02PM
Excellent set, superb detail and colour.
Stace Plus
10 2 2 England
23 Oct 2009 8:25PM
Another top set Carol

pamelajean Plus
12 1.1k 2016 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 8:39PM
I could use your portfolio as a bug ID book, lol. All super images, but I love those little mites.
Anjantoo 10 7 1 England
23 Oct 2009 9:17PM
Brilliant colours and detail Carol.
ChiliMan 11 135 17 Singapore
23 Oct 2009 9:42PM
Good grief...your insect shots always blow me away, especially V2 in this case! By the way...

Quote:I could use your portfolio as a bug ID book, lol.

...too right!!

A Grin
24 Oct 2009 12:42AM
Stunning detail and very colourful captures Carol, excellent work here. Gary
bunbeam 12 2 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2009 10:22AM
super set of shots, love em all
Dusan 9 Sri Lanka
24 Oct 2009 1:37PM
V2 Stunning nice set
CherryMartin 10 10 United States
24 Oct 2009 10:17PM
4 great bug captures.
brownsilent 11 7 2 United Kingdom
25 Oct 2009 5:54PM
Another great set of bug images Carol. Very good detail - like its antennas.
Ridgeway 11 222 2 Ireland
25 Oct 2009 8:49PM
Running out of ways to compliment your lovely presentations.

SandraKay Plus
11 233 4 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 6:11PM
You must have lots of patience Carol but it's well rewarded. Superb.
Glostopcat 12 255 2 England
26 Oct 2009 10:20PM
A fabulous foursome Carol, you've excelled yourself once again
Benas 8 1 Poland
5 Nov 2009 7:50AM
good shot,


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