ILLUSTRATION: Burying beetle behavior
February 10, 2012 | 8:05 p.m. CSTThe American burying beetle is one of the rarest insects in the country and currently faces extinction. Once native to southwest Missouri, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Saint Louis Zoo have proposed reintroducing about 200 beetles to May at Wah'Kon-Tah Prairie this spring. The beetles mate for life, making them one of few species to do so. Here is a look at their life cycle.
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