Saturday, May 1, 2010

Nature's Cleaning Crews

cleaning crew

I always appreciate the work of nature's cleaning crews--this carrion beetle on our deck must have been busy nearby; he didn't stay long. He's of the Family Silphidae,
Necrophilia americana, as near as I could tell.

This species can have ivory, yellow, orange or red on the pronotum (though usually yellow), with the black spot. Amazing creatures, they can find dead animals to feed on from a mile and a half away with powerful olfactory nerves. I couldn't smell a thing (happily!)


  1. Love those colors! And, of course, your signature great drawing...

  2. Thank you, Carol! I like the colors a lot, too...very versatile!

  3. What a great sketch. Clever use of colour too. I'm not keen on creepy crawlies so try not to get close enough to draw them!


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