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    Default small hive beetles with 6 orange spots on its back oval in shape

    has anyone else seen these? l will get a poicture if l see them again

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    Default Re: small hive beetles with 6 orange spots on its back oval in shape

    Quote Originally Posted by seamuswildflower View Post
    has anyone else seen these? l will get a poicture if l see them again
    Yes I have seen beetles as you describes but they are not Small Hive beetles but most likely members of the Silphidae family

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    Default Re: small hive beetles with 6 orange spots on its back oval in shape

    Silphidae is a family of beetles that are known commonly as large carrion beetles, carrion beetles or burying beetles. There are two subfamilies: Silphinae and Nicrophorinae. Nicrophorines are sometimes known as sexton beetles. The number of species is relatively small and around two hundred. They are more diverse in the temperate region although a few tropical endemics are known. Both families feed on decaying organic matter such as dead animals. The families differ in which uses parental care and which types of carcasses they prefer. Silphidae are considered to be of importance to forensic entomologists because when they are found on a decaying body they are used to help estimate a post-mortem interval (PMI).

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