On my way to Mallard Island—the Isle of Ten-Thousand Books—in June, 2010, I stopped at the public access on Rainy Lake east of the town of Ranier. While poking around in the grass looking for dragonflies this large, brightly colored beetle caught my eye and I was able to get one blurry photo before it flew. A Boreal Carrion Beetle (Nicophorus vespilloides), this circumpolar species can also be found in Europe and the UK where it is know as a Common Sexton Beetle. If you need to know where the body is hid, this beetle will show you the way. (Note the blurry mites on this beetle’s blurry back and neck)
Several beautiful photos of this species can be found at the Eakring Birds website.
The Boreal Carrion Beetle is closely related to the critically endangered American Burying Beetle (Nicrophorus americanus), a species once known from Minnesota but now locally extirpated.