|Sexton Beetle. Nikon D7000|
There was a startlingly large beetle in the house today; it seemed a little lost and rather clumsy.
On closer inspection (and with the help of the web), it turned out to be a Sexton beetle (Nicrophorus vespillo). As a carrion beetle, I was a little perturbed that it had landed on top of the freezer. I had that horrible moment while I checked that no bag of mince or anything had been left out or fallen down the back of the freezer; it looks as though the beetle was just lost thankfully. Apparently, the Sexton beetle has a very good sense of smell and can home in on carrion over very large distances.
I had better prod the kids to make them move a little more often when they are captivated by their various electronic devices so that they do not attract any more of these critters.