Nicrophorus defodiens

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Nicrophorus defodiens
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Silphidae
Genus: Nicrophorus
Species: N. defodiens
Binomial name
Nicrophorus defodiens
Mannerheim, 1846
  • N. conversator Walker, 1866
  • N. d. binotatus Portevin, 1926
  • N. d. conversator Portevin, 1924
  • N. d. lateralis Portevin, 1926
  • N. plagiatus Motschulsky, 1870
  • N. pollinctor LeConte, 1854
  • N. vespilloides conversator Leng, 1920
  • N. v. defodiens Hatch, 1940
  • N. v. d. conversator Arnett, 1944
  • N. v. lateralis Portevin, 1903
  • N. v. pollinctor Horn, 1880
  • Silpha vespilloides defodiens Crotch, 1873

Nicrophorus defodiens is a burying beetle described by Mannerheim in 1846.

In 2012, N. defodiens was found to be one of at least two burying beetles which can breed in the forest canopy.[1]


When it comes to mating, the males of N. defodiens use pheromonal signal to attract their mate. During the mating period females often bite males. When copulation is over, the males' pheromone emission is resumed, but the female attempts to obstruct the male from attracting any additional females, thus imposing monogamy on the male.[2] Unlike N. orbicollis this species produces twice as much more eggs (roughly 23.9 in total).[3]


  1. ^ Lowe, Amanda; Randy Lauff (2012). "Arboreal Burials in Nicrophorus spp. (Coleoptera: Silphidae)". Psyche: 1–6. doi:10.1155/2012/578650. 
  2. ^ Göran Arnqvist; Locke Rowe (2012). "Sexual Conflict". Princeton University Press: 168. ISBN 0-691-12217-2. LCCN 2004053520. 
  3. ^ Dorothy Gennard. Forensic Entomology: An Introduction. Wiley.