Rare Burying Beetle Spotted at our Molesey Site
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Rare Burying Beetle Spotted at our Molesey Site

19 October 2017

Whilst monitoring bats on our site in Molesey, Surrey. Ross Baker from the Surrey Bat Group, noticed this colourful creature.

It is a very rare Sexton Beetle. Sexton Beetles require dead Carrion for their larvae to feed on – they actually burrow beneath the carcasses of birds and small mammals to bury them, lay their eggs underneath, forming a “crypt” – hence the alternative name burying beetle.

Unusually in the insect world both parents remain with the brood to assist in feeding. It is a slightly ghoulish insect to mention to the kids during Halloween!!

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