burying beetle


Definition of burying beetle

: any of various beetles (family Silphidae and especially genus Nicrophorus) that bury and lay eggs on the carcasses of small animals which provide a food source for the developing larvae

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Recent Examples on the Web What’s the difference between a suburban parent and a burying beetle? Eva Frederick, Science | AAAS, "Watch baby beetles beg for a meal of rotting flesh," 11 Sep. 2019

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First Known Use of burying beetle

1818, in the meaning defined above

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“Burying beetle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/burying%20beetle. Accessed 25 Feb. 2020.

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