Sexton beetles are the undertakers of the beetle world. They are attracted to the corpses of small mammals and birds by sulphur chemicals given off during decay. Once a pair of beetles have taken possession of a body - sometimes fighting off other pairs to do so - they will bury it, by digging away at the soil underneath. They then use the buried body as both home and food for their larvae.
Scientific name: Nicrophorus
Sexton beetles bury a ready-made larder for their young.
The orange antennae of a sexton beetle guide it to the body a young, dead hedgehog. The female beetle will eventually lay her eggs on the corspe, and then bury it by digging a chamber underneath the body and covering it completely. The female and her offspring then have their own larder to keep them going through the winter months.
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