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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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Comments


GrahamNobles 8 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 6 1 Sri Lanka
23 Oct 2009 5:48AM
Great set Carol,
V1 for me today. great detail and color.
Thushari
goso 9 2 1 Australia
23 Oct 2009 6:13AM
Impeccable detail Carol...Bill
23 Oct 2009 6:14AM
Great set Carol V4 for me.
baclark 7 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.
Barbara
MandsH 9 England
23 Oct 2009 6:20AM
A very interesting looking bug, well captured
mandy
colmar 8 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 9 18 1 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 6:37AM
Wow, what colours in this one!!!!
jaktis Plus
12 84 Sweden
23 Oct 2009 6:38AM
I love the antennae details

Peter
cats_123 Plus
12 4.5k 26 Northern Ireland
23 Oct 2009 7:32AM
Just `Gorgeous' Smile
fentiger Plus
14 916 23 England
23 Oct 2009 7:32AM
Where you live Carol must be teeming with different bugs. Another fine set of great macro images.

Albert
PinkK 6 80 1 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 7:39AM
Fantastic set, the detail is superb!
23 Oct 2009 7:53AM
superb set , great detail
23 Oct 2009 7:53AM
I just had to give you my award for these
Brilliant work
RachelMB 10 42 10 England
23 Oct 2009 7:54AM
Nice shots Smile V2 for me because of the detail on the wings.
Arty 12 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 8:00AM
This is an awesome set of shots!! Well spotted and taken.
Arty.
Glynn 10 1.2k 1 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 8:00AM
Some nice textures on these images and i like V2

Glynn
Mynett 7 142 6 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 8:11AM
very well turned out bug, great colours in the wings

Linda
Ray42 8 3 England
23 Oct 2009 8:18AM
Great set (as usual) Carol and another well deserved award
23 Oct 2009 8:48AM
An excellent set, well done with the award.
Annette
23 Oct 2009 9:15AM
really this deserves award, very very good work.
viscostatic 9 33 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.

Phil.
EMJAYCEE Plus
7 9 10 England
23 Oct 2009 9:35AM
These images are exceptional - great detail, colour, presentation.
Joan.
Stunning set of macro's.
Steve.
23 Oct 2009 9:38AM
Fine set Carol
congrats on awrad.. i mean award
gingerdelight 9 298 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.
Carol
mrswoolybill Plus
9 877 1427 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 9:48AM
Fabulous detail, and I like the wings peeping through in V2.
Moira
23 Oct 2009 10:24AM
superb images carol.well done again.ray
dmhuynh72 8 44 3 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 10:45AM
beautiful series Carol, i especially like v2.

regards
Yung
Cormy 8 3 England
23 Oct 2009 11:07AM
Fine set Carol.
Cheers
Alan
MickyMc 8 8 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 11:21AM
I feel quite itchy but they are lovely
Mavis
Joline Plus
9 27 52 United States
23 Oct 2009 11:54AM
Those antennae are quite amazing. They could double as corkscrews!
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
23 Oct 2009 12:23PM
A bit cary that you never run out of fantastic bugs-- Wonderful bug and photo of!!!
Jennnnnn
photophantom 8 108 3 Philippines
23 Oct 2009 12:34PM
superb
danbrann Plus
11 575 16
23 Oct 2009 12:58PM
A great set but V2 is outstanding.
pluckyfilly Plus
9 350 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

Jon
wyatturp 10 2 England
23 Oct 2009 1:25PM
good to view Thanks!!!

Dougx
EAS 7 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.

Ann
PattiW 10 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 7 4 1 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 2:33PM
Yet again four wonderfully detailed insect pics. Full marks in all departments.
jon
Bob_V 8 1 2 United States
23 Oct 2009 3:07PM
These are superb Carol, such fantastic work as usual.
Bob
23 Oct 2009 3:15PM
just BRILLIANT
23 Oct 2009 3:33PM
Great captures of an interesting and vivid looking bug, also thenks for the latin name, wonderful work again Carol.

Nigel.
Luciajo 6 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 8 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.
Fran
23 Oct 2009 4:11PM
brill close up great colours
john
Dave_Holdham 7 4 1 Wales
23 Oct 2009 4:30PM
Superb set of detailed images, great presentation
casson 10 3 United Kingdom
23 Oct 2009 5:47PM
A graet set Carol and an interesting write up, v1 i really like.
john
RuthyJ 9 England
23 Oct 2009 5:57PM
Fabulous Carol. Love the feelers.
Ruth.
cassiecat 7 39 46 England
23 Oct 2009 5:59PM
v2 is my fav.lesley
taggart Plus
11 46 12 United States
23 Oct 2009 6:21PM
Ah! yes, it does look like a cow plop, but it is part of of tree--- LOL!
Jennnn

no cows in our woods--- I hope
23 Oct 2009 6:58PM
Another cracking set, Carol, brilliant captures.
TrevB Smile
teocali Plus
8 432 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.
Sylvia
exposure Plus
11 3.5k England
23 Oct 2009 7:05PM
Lovely light and colour Carol and detailed textures.
Pauline.
A very well shot series> detail, colours, light ..etc.. JNC
betts 8 1 England
23 Oct 2009 8:02PM
Excellent set, superb detail and colour.
betts
Stace Plus
8 2 2 England
23 Oct 2009 8:25PM
Another top set Carol

Stace
pamelajean Plus
10 951 1799 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 8 7 1 England
23 Oct 2009 9:17PM
Brilliant colours and detail Carol.
Jann
xxx
ChiliMan Plus
9 135 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 10 2 United Kingdom
24 Oct 2009 10:22AM
super set of shots, love em all
bunSmile
Dusan 6 Sri Lanka
24 Oct 2009 1:37PM
V2 Stunning nice set
Dusan
24 Oct 2009 10:17PM
4 great bug captures.
25 Oct 2009 5:54PM
Another great set of bug images Carol. Very good detail - like its antennas.
Johanna
Ridgeway 9 222 2 Ireland
25 Oct 2009 8:49PM
Running out of ways to compliment your lovely presentations.

Aidan,,
SandraKay Plus
9 233 4 United Kingdom
26 Oct 2009 6:11PM
You must have lots of patience Carol but it's well rewarded. Superb.
Sandra
Glostopcat Plus
10 255 2 England
26 Oct 2009 10:20PM
A fabulous foursome Carol, you've excelled yourself once again
Benas 6 1 Poland
5 Nov 2009 7:50AM
good shot,

Pawel

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