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This is just a record of some Bury Field Tripsand a few of the finds. In particualr Mere Clough will feature high  as the year progresses to see how this site has fared since the visits of the Victorian Pioneer Botanists 1849 1859.

Silphidae - Carrion or burying beetles Manchester Mosses

By Bury Wildlife, Jun 7 2015 09:38AM

Black Sexton Beetle - Nicrophorus humator. The Sexton beetles are the undertakers of the insect world. They fly to carrion, attracted by the smell. If the dead animal is small, such as a mouse, they crawl underneath and excavate the soil so that the corpse gradually sinks into the ground. They then lay eggs nearby, and stay until the larvae hatch, and even feed them. They fly around at night and can smell carrion from a mile away. They are an essential part of the natural world and are very specilised as all Beetles are. This was found on the manchester Mosses but can turn up anywhere. If you meet one do not pick up as they can eject a foul smelling liquid that cannot be washed off.

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