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.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map