The American carrion beetle has a yellow pronotum with a big black spot in the middle. Adult length is about ½ to ¾ inch. In flight, they seem like bumblebees. Adults of this species of silphid beetle eat fly maggots, plus some carrion.
The American carrion beetle's larvae are black, teardrop-shaped grubs that look something like sowbugs.
Learn more about carrion beetles, burying beetles, and other silphids in their family page.
Similar species: The margined carrion beetle (Oiceoptoma noveboracense) is closely related. The pronotum is often orangish instead of pale yellow, and the dark spot has a lobe on each side. It is smaller, only reaching about ½ inch in length.