Burying Beetles are the undertakers of the natural world and the insects with most parental sharing of brood care
Burying Beetles belong to the genus Nicrophorus and the family Silphidae. They spend their time tracking down and burying the dead bodies of small animals, mostly birds and mammals. However they do not do this out of any misplaced sense of tidiness. Their real aim is to use the bodies they bury as food on which to raise their young.
These beetles are fascinating, not only because they are often attractively colored, or because of their gruesome interest in small vertebrate corpses, but because they go in for a great deal of parental care of their young.
Shared brood care or parenting chores are rare behaviors in insects. While a number of species exhibit biparental care, including wood roaches, passalid beetles, and some bark and dung beetles, only Burying beetle males Nicrophorus orbicollis (pictured) participate in all activities, remain with the brood throughout development, and can take over all parenting responsibilities if the female disappears. In general, extended parenting by both sexes is linked to insects that use rich but ephemeral resources to provision their young.
Burying beetles are much more common in temperate and or alpine environments and do not occur at all in Africa or Australia. There are about 75 species world wide, all in the genus Nicrophorus.
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