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I have been interested in nature for most of my life but since I retired I spend as much time as I can exploring the nature reserves and wildlife hotspots of my adopted home, Dorset in southern England. Whilst out I record what I see and take snaps where I can (I am no photographer!) and that forms the basis of my Nature of Dorset website. When I find something new I like to research it and write about it in my nature notes, it is how I learn and hopefully you might find my notes helpful as well!

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08 May, 2015

Burying Beetle: Silpha atrata | Nature Notes from Dorset

Burying beetles are best known for their ability to use their keen sense of smell to find dead creatures and then to remove the earth from underneath the corpse so that it sinks in to the ground. They then cover it up and lay their eggs in the buried body. They are commonly known as sexton beetles and the job they do is not pretty but someone has to do it! They are rarely seen being primarily nocturnal and spending much time under ground.
There are always exceptions to the rule it seems, and this species of burying beetle does not bury anything! Silpha atrata is a specialist snail predator able to reach deep into shells to devour its prey. Seen by day in damp, shady places

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