Scientific name: Ptomaphila perlata
The Carrion Beetle is a large and conspicuous member of the family Silphidae.
The Carrion Beetle lives in urban areas, forests and woodlands, heath and intertidal areas.
The Carrion Beetle is found throughout eastern Australia.
Feeding and diet
The adults and larvae feed on fly maggots and the rotting flesh of animals. Road-killed animal carcasses often have Carrion Beetles in or on them.
Other behaviours and adaptations
Adult Carrion Beetles are commonly attracted to lights.