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scientific name    Nicrophorus obscurus    

This species is closely related to N. guttula and, like it, has a dense patch of long, golden setae on the posterior lobe of the metepimeron and the procoxae bear very long setae on the anterior face. Also, there is a fairly dense brush of brown setae on the inner face of the metatibiae. It differs from its sister by its all orange elytral epipleuron, the antennal club with its basal segment black. The third segment of the antennal club bears a deep emargination. Nicrophorus obscurus is, on average, larger than guttula. As a species it is less variable in colour.

This is a species of the Great Plains. In Alberta it is found in the prairie regions of the southern half of the Province.

Meaning of name: "obscure." It refers to the obscure elytral fasciae of the type of this species.

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