Kim Taylor / Sexton beetle (Nicrophorus vespilloides) taking off showing elytra folded upwards along back and phoretic mites gathered on thorax to where they migrate whenever the beetle prepares for flight, digit...
Mark Moffett / Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus orbicollis) recycles a dead rat by laying eggs near its body then feeding larvae bits of regurgitated carcass
Nick Upton / Shore sexton beetle / Burying beetle (Necrodes littorals) climbing a plant stem before taking off on a hot day, Wiltshire, UK, April.
Chris Mattison / Black burying beetle (Nicrophorus humator) on white background Catbrook, Monmouthshire, Wales, UK, May.
Chris Mattison / Sexton beetle (Nicrophorus investigator) on a dead mouse. Drumnadrochit, Inverness, Scotland, UK, August. (The mites that can be seen are using the beetle to carry them to food; they do not parasitise...