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American Burying Beetle

American burying beetle
Nicrophorus americanus
This brightly patterned beetle specializes in cleaning carrion from the landscape, burying dead mice, birds, and other creatures. It is endangered in our nation and in our state, and restoration efforts are under way. More

American Burying Beetle

Image of an American burying beetle
The American burying beetle (Nicrophorus americanus) used to be common but is now a critically endangered species. It only occurs in a few places in the United States. The Saint Louis Zoo, with other conservation institutions including MDC, has a captive breeding program and is working to restore this species to the wild. More

American Carrion Beetle

image of American Carrion Beetle
In flight, the American carrion beetle (Necrophila americana) looks a lot like a bumblebee. Adults eat fly maggots, plus some carrion. The larvae are black, teardrop-shaped grubs that look something like a sowbug. They hatch after the dead animal has dried somewhat and eat on the carrion too, particularly dried skin, then creep away to pupate. More

Asian Long-Horned Beetle Control

Photo of Asian longhorned beetle, an invasive forest pest
These invasive beetles kill hardwood trees. Learn to identify their signs and help keep them out of Missouri. More

Asian Longhorned Beetle

Photo of Asian longhorned beetle, an invasive forest pest
As of August 2011, this invasive Asian beetle has not been found in Missouri. Left undetected, the tunneling of this insect will cause trees to wither and die. If you think you have found an Asian longhorned beetle in Missouri, please report it as quickly as possible. More

Asian Longhorned Beetle

Photo of an Asian longhorned beetle male, specimen
Anoplophora glabripennis
Learn how to identify this invasive, potentially devastating insect! An unwanted arrival from Asia that's now living in parts of the United States, the Asian longhorned beetle could destroy millions of acres of American hardwoods. Report any sightings immediately. More

Asian Longhorned Beetle (Adult Male)

Photo of an Asian longhorned beetle male, specimen
The invasive Asian longhorned beetle (ALB) is shiny black with white spots. The antennae are long and have alternating bands of black and white. The antennae are usually 1 to 2 times greater than the length of the body. The upper sections of the legs are whitish to blue. The ALB should not be confused with the cottonwood borer, a native longhorned beetle, which has a more even mix of black and white patterns on its body and has solid black antennae. More

Asian Longhorned Beetle Larva

Photo of an Asian longhorned beetle larva, held in someone's fingers
ALB larvae are yellowish-white, wormlike, cylindrical, and fleshy, with a varied texture on the underside. While young, larvae tunnel beneath the bark and feed on the inner bark of tree branches and trunk. As they grow, they tunnel deeper into the sapwood. The preferred trees of this invasive species include nearly all our maple species, as well as horsechestnut, black locust, elms, birches, willows, poplars, and green ash. More