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Subject: Curious Insect
Location: Ruegen, Germany
September 10, 2016 8:45 am
Dear Bug Experts,
I was recently on holiday in Ruegen, Germany (early September), and came across this unusual bug by the side of the road. It extended up its rear part at us to warn us off, much like a scorpion does. Neither I nor my German friend had ever seen this bug before. It was black, about an inch long, and had little pincers, which it flexed at us. We are curious what it is, can you help us?
Many thanks,
Signature: Vivien

Devil's Coach Horse

Devil’s Coach Horse

Dear Vivien,
This Rove Beetle is commonly called a Devil’s Coach Horse.  The threat posture you describe is also accompanied by the release of a foul odor, and while they are not a dangerous species, they can appear quite frightening.

Dear Bug Experts,
Thank you so much for the interesting information! It is indeed a very cool beetle. I am very happy to know this. :)
Best,
Vivien

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Subject: Bug?
Location: west Lothian, Scotland
August 9, 2016 10:31 am
Hi I was wondering if you could tell me what this insect is I seen in my garden, never seen 1 before till this. Thanks
Signature: L a ramsay

Devil's Coach Horse

Devil’s Coach Horse

Dear L a ramsay,
This is a Rove Beetle commonly called a Devil’s Coach Horse.  When disturbed, it will curl up its abdomen like a scorpion and release a foul smell from scent glands.  The Devil’s Coach Horse has been introduced into Southern California and it is now well established in western North America where it feeds on introduced snails and slugs.

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Subject: Black Bug with Stinger
Location: Tacom, WA
July 21, 2016 10:25 pm
Help! Looking to identify this bug, found him and a few of his friends in the last week in our basement. About an inch, six legs with a possible small stinger. Found in Tacoma, Washington this summer.
Signature: Mindy

Rove Beetle

Rove Beetle

Dear Mindy,
This is some species of Rove Beetle in the family Staphylinidae, possibly
 Ocypus aeneocephalus which is pictured on BugGuide and is an introduced species in your area.

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Subject: What is it?
Location: Kent uk
July 16, 2016 11:50 am
My kids asked me what this is. I don’t know!
Signature: Karen

Rove Beetle:  Staphylinus caesareus

Rove Beetle: Staphylinus caesareus

Dear Karen,
This colorful Rove Beetle is
Staphylinus caesareus.

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Subject: Can’t Identify
Location: Montrose, Pennsylvania
June 27, 2016 10:46 am
Hi! I live in a rural, farm rich area of Northeastern Pennsylvania. I found this flying insect on my deck steps. At first, I thought it was dead but after a few pictures, it flew away. I’ve never seen one before & couldn’t find an exact match to identify it. Would you happen to know what it is? P.S., this was found on a rainy, warm June day when the farmers next door were bailing hay~ Thank you!
Signature: Amy M. Newhart

Rove Beetle

Rove Beetle

Dear Amy,
This is a Rove Beetle in the family Staphylinidae, and while we are not certain of the species, it does appear as though it might be
Platydracus maculosus based on this BugGuide image.

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Subject: Rove Beetle
Location: Santa Cruz do sul, Rs, Brasil
March 2, 2016 8:02 am
Hello I was with my sister photographing some wildlife animals near my house , when in the midst of a trunk partially eaten by termites came across this peculiar insect that had never seen in my life , so I looked about and did not find much thing , only that he is an insect of the family Staphylinidae follows insect photos , I hope you like .
Signature: Tiago Back

Rove Beetle

Rove Beetle

Dear Tiago,
The first time we saw an image of this stunning Rove Beetle from the genus
Glenus, we were quite amazed.  The colors are striking.

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