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Necrophorus-vespilloides_4

Necrophorus vespilloides

Burying beetle, Waldtotengräber, Schwarzhörniger Totengräber

Slo.: (?) grobar

 

Dat.: Sept. 3. 2012

Lat.: 46.34738 Long.: 13.73958

Code: Bot_653/2012_IMG0995

 

Habitat: A small opening in mixed, old predominantly Picea abies mountain forest, calcareous ground, almost flat terrain, quite humid place, half-shade, average precipitations ~ 3.000 mm/year, average temperature 2-4 deg C, elevation 1.380 m (4.500 feet), alpine phytogeographical region.

Place: Dol pod Plazmi, west of Lepo Špičje ridge, East Julian Alps, Posočje, Slovenia EC

 

Comment: Three beetles found around a fox (?) excrement. On some pictures one can see mites Poecilochirus necrophori, which are not parasites but live in symbiosis with the beetle. This is a very interesting beetle. Read references!

 

Ref.:

(1) www.kerbtier.de/cgi-bin/enFSearch.cgi?Fam=Silphidae

(2) www.natur-lexikon.com/Texte/MZ/001/00078-Totengraeber/MZ0...

(3) www.natur-in-nrw.de/HTML/Tiere/Insekten/Kaefer/Staphylino...

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Taken on September 3, 2012