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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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Subject: Is this a Eudicella Beetle?
Location: Greendale Harare 17 48′ 28.9″ S 31 6′ 42.5″ E
February 10, 2016 11:44 am
This fellow was sitting on a chair in our garden in Harare. I think it might be a Eudicella beetle but would like a proper identification. The picture was taken on Monday or Tuesday by my sister. I include the housefly to give an idea of the size of the beetle.
The weather here is late summer/ rainy season.
Signature: Upapa Epops

Regal Fruit Chafer from Zimbabwe: Ranzania splendens

Regal Fruit Chafer from Zimbabwe: Ranzania splendens

Dear Upapa,
We believe this gorgeous Regal Fruit Chafer is Ranzania splendens. We researched much information in our previous posting.  There are many similarities to the members of the genus
Eudicella since they are in the same family.  We located images of them on Flower Beetles.

Thank you so much for your prompt reply and the links to the other lovely beetles. So nice to have them in the garden.

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Subject: Bug identification
Location: Clemson sc
January 4, 2016 9:58 am
Hi a friend found this bug and we can’t figure out what kind it is some people are saying mole cricket but this bug only has 4 legs and the head is different than that of a mole cricket.
Signature: Anna

Rove Beetle:  Platydracus maculosus

Rove Beetle: Platydracus maculosus

Dear Anna,
This is a Rove Beetle in the family Staphylinidae.  We believe we have correctly identified it as
 Platydracus maculosus thanks to this image on BugGuide.  According to BugGuide, it prefers:  “primarily, deciduous forests and open areas: on carrion/dung, in leaf litter, rotting fungi.”

 

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Subject: Purple and Orange Scorpion-like Bug
Location: São Paulo / Brazil
November 15, 2015 6:03 pm
Found at the Pedra Grande State Park in the city of São Paulo, southeast Brazil in June 2014.
Signature: Guilherme Ramalho

Rove Beetle

Rove Beetle

Dear Guilherme,
Though we have not been successful at determining a species identity, we can tell you that this is a Rove Beetle in the family Staphylinidae, and that it is the most brightly colored Rove Beetle we have ever seen, which makes it puzzling that we were not able to locate any matching images online.  We will contact Cesar Crash who edits our sister site in Brazil, Insetologia, to see if he can provide any additional information.  This pose is a typical threat position of Rove Beetles, and although they expel a foul odor, they are otherwise harmless.  The one exception to that are the Rove Beetles from the genus
Paederus, known as Creechie Bugs in Africa.  According to BugGuide:  “some species contain a toxic chemical (pederin) in their hemolymph which causes contact dermatitis in humans, usually as a result of slapping the beetle and crushing it against exposed skin. The affected area becomes red, swollen, and itchy, causing the skin to peel when scratched.”

Rove Beetle

Rove Beetle

Cesar Crash writes back
Yes, I do! The beauty is in the genus Glenus, we have two on Insetologia:
http://www.insetologia.com.br/2014/11/besouro-estafilinideo-glenus-em-sao.html
http://www.insetologia.com.br/2015/10/besouro-estafilinideo-glenus-em-minas.html
and I guess G. biplagiatus http://www.me.esalq.usp.br/fotos/Coleoptera/Staphilinidae/1728.jpg
Best, Cesar

Rove Beetle

Rove Beetle

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Subject: What’s this ?
Location: Scheeßel, Lower Saxony, Germany
August 29, 2015 2:06 pm
Hi, do you know this nice bug ?
Signature: Peter B.

Rove Beetle

Rove Beetle

Dear Peter,
We believe this Rove Beetle may be
Platydracus stercorarius and there are some very nice images on Eakring Birds.  According to Nature Spot, it “is also quite a large species reaching 2 cm or more in length. The legs and elytra are rust red, whilst the head, thorax and abdomen are mainly black. The head is very square at the back and there are bands of pale pubescence on the apical abdominal segments.”  It might also be the related Staphylinus caesareus.

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