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 Category:  General Poetry
  Posted: December 8, 2019      Views: 30

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Keeping the forest clean.
"The Undertaker of the Forest" by Raffaelina Lowcock
The Sexton Beetle takes a walk
And soon he steps upon a rock
He sees a dead mouse rather small
And to that body, he does crawl
Finds his mate and then it's carried
Together they see that it's buried.

As the body turns to carrion
The wife lays her eggs thereupon
The carcass of maggots that swarm
Now that the body is warm.
They guard well the eggs as they hatch
Now the body is gone, but they've got a batch.

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Burying beetle

American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus)
Scientific classification
Family:
Silphidae
Burying beetles or sexton beetles (genus Nicrophorus) are the best-known members of the family Silphidae (carrion beetles). Most of these beetles are black with red markings on the elytra (forewings). Burying beetles are true to their name�?�¢??they bury the carcasses of small vertebrates such as birds and rodents as a food source for their larvae. They are unusual among insects in that both the male and female parents take care of the brood. They are carnivores.
The genus name is sometimes spelled Necrophorus in older texts. This is an emendation by Carl Peter Thunberg (1789) of Fabricius's original name and is not valid.
The American burying beetle (sp. Nicrophorus americanus) has been on the U.S. endangered species list since 1989.[1]

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