Sunday, June 1, 2014

Burying beetles

These black and orange beetles more than live up to their Halloween motif; after mating late at night, the male and female seek out the corpse of a small bird or rodent and will spend the rest of the night digging a deep hole out from under it, all while working the body into a ball of meat. The male remains above ground, keeping watch over the tiny grave, while the female is buried alive with the body. There, she will watch over her grubs and even chew their food for them, like a mother bird, until the day she dies.

No comments: