Carrion Beetles

Carrion beetles are a family of beetles, Silphidae, that feed on decaying organic matter, such as dead animals. This makes them important natural recyclers.

Banded Burying Beetle © Ashleigh Whiffin

They are also Ashleigh Whiffin’s favourite group of insects. She tells us a bit about them in this video:

Ashleigh Whiffin, Assistant Curator of Entomology for National Museums Scotland, telling us about her favourite group of insects.

Do you know of any other insects that act as decomposers and natural recyclers? Tell us about them in the comments below or in the Contact us section of the blog.

Ashleigh Whiffin

Ashleigh Whiffin tells us about her work as Assistant Curator of Entomology at National Museums Scotland, as well as the slightly unusual way she first became interested in insects, leading to her pursuing a career in entomology.

Ashleigh mentions finding out that carrion insects can help solve crimes. How cool is that? Can you think of any other ways that insects help us? Let us know in the Contact us section of the blog.