Monday, June 19, 2017

Yard Critter of the Week

The American Carrion Beetle.

Seen here carrying on.


As you might imagine from the name, this week's critter is part of Mother Natures clean up crew.


And what gets them all excited is well, there's no other way to put it, is rather disgusting.

Image courtesy Patty Rehn
The American Carrion Beetle lays its eggs on or under a carcass. And once hatched the larvae eat not only the remaining dead remains but also the larvae of flies and other insects which have also laid their eggs there. Yep, rather disgusting.

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As a regular reader of this blog you know we have plenty of critters that frequent out yard. Either as visitors or residents. And sooner of later they all die. Patty found this bird on Sunday. It was not there on Friday. Yet is is almost gone, mostly feathers and bones.


If it wasn't for critters like these beetles we'd be waste deep in dead things.

And now that would truly be disgusting!

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