The American burying beetle makes a living out of eating the dead. A male and female find and bury a small dead animal, perhaps a rodent carcass. Reproduction occurs during summer months and eggs laid nearby soon hatch into grubs (larvae) which feed on the carrion for about a week. Both the male and female help care for the larvae. Next the larvae pupate and emerge as young adults a couple months later.
The Cincinnati Zoo is part of a breeding and release program for the American burying beetle. On May 13, 2013, over 200 beetles raised at the Zoo were released at Fernald Preserve in southwestern Ohio.