Definition of carrion beetle in US English:

carrion beetle


  • A beetle that feeds on decaying animal and plant matter and insect larvae.

    Family Silphidae: many species, including the burying beetles

    • ‘Reintroduction of this carrion beetle continues on Nantucket Island, off the coast of Massachusetts.’
    • ‘The reason for the terrible smell is that it attracts pollinators like carrion beetles and sweat bees - insects specialized for decaying or sweating bodies.’


carrion beetle

/ˈkerēən ˈbēdl/