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  Carcass Beetle (Omorgus amictus)





Carcass Beetle | Omorgus amictus photo
Omorgus amictus adult, at the Texas A&M University Insect Collection in College Station, Texas.

Image by Shawn Hanrahan - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



CARCASS BEETLE FACTS

Identification
Carcass beetles or Hide beetles belong to the Trogidae family, represented in Australia by the Omorgus genus. Omorgus amictus is a dull brown beetle, and like other species in the genus has a rough body texture, but more even bumps than Omorgus alternans. The head is bent downwards and hidden from view by the pronotum (the first segment of the thorax).

Other Names
Hide Beetle

Habitat
found in dry habitats

Food
Adult carcass beetles and larvae feed on dry animal carcasses. The larvae live in burrows in the soil under the carcass. They invade the carcass after the soft fleshy parts have gone.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Coleoptera
Family:Trogidae
Genus:Omorgus
Species:amictus
Common Name:Carcass Beetle

Relatives in same Genus
  Carcass Beetle (O. alternans)
  Carcass Beetle (O. costatus)