Ptomaphila perlata Click to enlarge image
Carrion Beetle, Ptomaphila perlata with a maggot in its jaws. Image: R. Major
© Australian Museum

Fast Facts

  • Classification
    Species
    perlata
    Genus
    Ptomaphila
    Subfamily
    Silphinae
    Family
    Silphidae
    Super Family
    Staphylinoidea
    Suborder
    Polyphaga
    Order
    Coleoptera
    Class
    Insecta
    Subphylum
    Uniramia
    Phylum
    Arthopoda
    Kingdom
    Animalia
  • Size Range
    1.8 cm - 2.5 cm

Introduction

The Carrion Beetle is a large and conspicuous member of the family Silphidae.

Habitat

The Carrion Beetle lives in urban areas, forests and woodlands, heath and intertidal areas.

Distribution

The Carrion Beetle is found throughout eastern Australia.

Feeding and diet

The adults and larvae feed on fly maggots and the rotting flesh of animals. Road-killed animal carcasses often have Carrion Beetles in or on them.

Other behaviours and adaptations

Adult Carrion Beetles are commonly attracted to lights.