Official State Insect of Rhode Island
Rhode Island designated the endangered American burying beetle as the official state insect on July 14, 2015. All State Insects
Once a resident of at least 35 states, the American burying beetle is now found in only six: Rhode Island, Nebraska, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Kansas, and Arkansas (with attempts being made to reintroduce it into Ohio and Massachusetts).
The American burying beetle is a member of the carrion beetle family (Silphidae). The burying beetle is a nocturnal scavenger that helps recycle decaying material back into the ecosystem. The largest carrion-frequenting insect in North America; the American burying beetle can reach 1-1/2 inches in length.