One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
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/
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