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  Rove Beetle (Staphylinidae family )





Rove Beetle | Staphylinidae family  photo
This Rove Beetle was found on raft of floating vegetation after being washed into a creek during heavy rain. Note how the elytra (the black bit in the middle of the body) covers only a small part of the abdomen.

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Rove Beetle | Staphylinidae family  photo
Rove Beetle

Photograph copyright: ozwildlife - all rights reserved. Used with permission.



ROVE BEETLE FACTS

Identification
Rove beetles are long thin beetles. Most species have very small elytra (wing covers) that cover only a small part of the abdomen. The abdominal segments are flexible. Many species live in the soil and are rarely seen. They are usually black or brown, although the species illustrated is more colourful with blue-black elytra and reddish brown bands on the thorax and abdomen.

Size
10mm

Habitat
usually in soil and leaf litter

Food
some species are predators, others eat carrion, plant matter or fungi



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Coleoptera
Family:Staphylinidae
Genus:Staphylinidae family
Species:
Common Name:Rove Beetle