Story: Beetles

Carrion beetle

Carrion beetle

This carrion beetle (Zeanecrophilus prolongatus) was collected from beneath a dead blackbird in coastal Otago. Carrion beetles live mainly in forests, and as the name indicates, feed mainly on dead animals.

This specimen was collected by John Nunn.

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University of Otago, Virus Research Unit, Department of Microbiology and Immunology
Photograph by Simon Clearwater

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John Marris, 'Beetles - New Zealand’s beetles', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 14 August 2022)

Story by John Marris, published 24 Sep 2007