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Bedick, Jon C., Ratcliffe, Brett C., Hoback, Wyatt W., and Higley, Leon G. 1999. Distribution, Ecology and Population Dynamics of the American Burying Beetle [Nicrophorus Americanus Oliver (Coleopera, Silphidae)] in South-central Nebraska, USA. Journal of Insect Conservation 3:171-181.

Creighton, Curtis J., and Schnell, Gary D. 1998. Short-Term Movement Patterns of the Endangered American Burying Beetle Nicrophorus Americanus. Biological Conversation 86:281-287.

Meierhofer, IngE., Schwarz, H. H. and Müller, J. K. 1999. Seasonal Variation in Parental Care, Offspring Development, and Reproductive Success in the Burying Beetle, Nicrophorus vespillo. Ecological Entomology 24:73–79.

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