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Last updated 01/16/2009

  California Beetle Project > Species Pages > Necrophilus hydrophiloides


Scientific name: Necrophilus hydrophiloides Guérin-Méneville
    Order Coleoptera
    Superfamily Hydrophiloidea
    Family Agyrtidae

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What it looks like: 5-13 mm in length. It's body is reddish-brown, rounded and flattened, with elytra that have striae, or shallow grooves, that run lengthwise in even distribution down the elytra.

Where you'll find it: These beetles are native to California. They are also found in coastal regions as far north as the Alaskan panhandle and western Canada.

Natural History: They are scavengers in wet coastal forests who feed on decaying organic material, recycling nutrients back into the soil. You'll see them out and about in the rainy season, from November through May.

This page was written by Maren Farnum, a 2005 California Beetle Project intern.

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