American burying beetle
Definition of American burying beetle
: a burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) of North America that has a shiny black body with orange markings on the elytra and pronotum … encompassing some 200 acres of seaside farm fields that provide habitat for the unique and endangered American burying beetle (which buries the carcasses of small animals), among other rare species. — Alison Gregor, Newsday, 15 June 2008
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