Nicrophorus vespillo


12 to 22 mm. This species is identified by the combination of orange antennal clubs, an interrupted anterior red elytral band, the hind tibia being concave on the inside edge and the presence of golden hairs on the fore margin of the pronotum.

Identification difficulty

Usually found at carrion, but occasionally comes to light.

When to see it

April to October.

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 frequent in central and southern England and Wales. Very local further north.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 41 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map


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

UK Map

Species profile

Common names
Common Burying Beetle, Common Sexton Beetle
Species group:
Records on NatureSpot:
First record:
31/05/2013 (Paul Roberts)
Last record:
16/08/2023 (Leese, Eric)

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