Carcass Beetles



This family of beetles flourishes in the more arid environments of the country and all species in Australia belong to the genus Omorgus. Trogidae beetles are recognisable as being very robust looking with a roughly sculptured appearance consisting of numerous small knobs on their elytra. Trogidae are usually dull coloured beetles ranging from brown to black and have a body length from 6 to 25 millimetres depending on the species. The head of these beetles is bent downwards and covered by the pronotum.

Both adults and larvae feed on dry animal remains, with the larvae living in vertical burrows in the soil beneath the carcass. This group is one of the last in a succession of insects that invade animal carcasses.

Omorgus tatei


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