Image: Carcass Beetle, Omorgus candidus
Carcass Beetle, Omorgus candidus
- M. Bulbert
- © Australian Museum
Carcass beetles - Family Trogidae
Carcass beetles are large beetles with very thick exoskeletons and uniform dark colouration. They are among the last beetles to inhabit a carcass and, they feed on dried remains such as skin and ligaments.
Both adults and larvae feed on the carcass and the larvae live in vertical burrows underneath it when they are not foraging.
Australian carcass beetles are particularly common in the more arid parts of Australia. Omorgus candidus is typical of carcass beetles found at vertebrate carcasses in Australia.