Nicrophorus vestigator

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Nicrophorus vestigator
Silphidae - Nicrophorus vestigator.JPG
Nicrophorus vestigator. Museum specimen
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Coleoptera
Family: Silphidae
Subfamily: Nicrophorinae
Tribe: Nicrophorini
Genus: Nicrophorus
Species: N. vestigator
Binomial name
Nicrophorus vestigator
Herschel, 1807

* Indicates the name was assigned to this species on multiple occasions without the knowledge the name had already been used to describe the same species.

Nicrophorus vestigator is a species of beetles belonging to the family Silphidae.


  • Nicrophorus vestigator var. bipuctatus Portevin, 1914
  • Nicrophorus vestigator var. brullei Jacobson, 1910
  • Nicrophorus vestigator var. caretti Pic, 1933
  • Nicrophorus vestigator var. degener Carret, 1901
  • Nicrophorus vestigator var. obscuripennis Portevin, 1914
  • Nicrophorus vestigator var. rautenbergi Reitter, 1900
  • Nicrophorus vestigator var. viturati Pic, 1917



Illustration of Nicrophorus vestigator from G.G. Yakobson "Beetles of Russia"

Nicrophorus vestigator can reach a length of about 14–22 millimetres (0.55–0.87 in). The basic color of the body is black, with two wide transversal orange stripes on the elytra. These beetles have large club-like antennae equipped with black and yellow tips. The legs are strong. The last three abdominal segments protrude beyond the elytra.[2]

Like other burying beetles they bury the carcasses of small vertebrates such as birds and mice as a food source for their larvae. Larval development takes place during the summer, and the fully formed individuals can be found mainly in May-June and in August.[2]


This species is present in most of Europe, in the East Palearctic ecozone and in the Near East.[3]


  • Sikes, Derek S., Ronald B. Madge, and Alfred F. Newton (2002) A catalog of the Nicrophorinae (Coleoptera: Silphidae) of the world, Zootaxa, no. 65
  • Baranowski, R. 1982. Intressanta skalbaggsfynd 6. Ent. Tidskr.103: 130–136.
  • Hansen, V. 1968. Biller XXV. Adselbiller, stumpbiller m.fl. Danmarks Fauna 77.