American burying beetle
Since 2012, the St. Louis Zoo, Nature Conservancy, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and Missouri Department of Conservation have collaborated to improve the population of American burying beetles at Wah’Kon-Tah Prairie in southwest Missouri.
Experts call them “one of nature’s recyclers,” which is a nice way of saying they live off dead animals.
A colorful beetle last seen in Missouri in the 1970s is about to be reintroduced.
The American burying beetle became the first insect designated as a federally endangered species in 1989.