Nicrophorus investigator


    This Sexton, at 26 mm, is somewhat larger than the Common Sexton Beetle (N. Vespilloides). This species has dark reddish tips to its antennae. Other identifying features include the absence of hairs on the thorax and straight tibias on the hind legs. It has three abdominal segments protruding beyond the elytra. Only the posterior orange band is broken on the mid line where the elytra join in this species.

    Identification difficulty

    Various habitats as it is drawn into to movement by the scent of meals as they become available.

    When to see it

    Mainly seen in spring and summer when they are attracted to light.

    Life History

    They are scavengers, living off and breeding in rotten carcasses. They have a very good sense of smell and are reputed to be able to smell a carcass up to two miles away.

    UK Status

    Widespread and fairly frequent in Britain

    VC55 Status

    Fairly common in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 46 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map