Since sending my request for help in identifying a black bodied -orange headed beetle, I have found it as a "Rove beetle" – As yet I have been unable to find the particular type but at least now I have something to go on! Please ignore my request of yesterday … I’m sure you have plenty of things to do. I came across this guy attached, in the garden next door (Toowoomba Australia). it is about 15-18mm long – I have hunted around the web trying to find it but so far with no joy:-( – Maybe you know it? Most appreciative of any help…..
You are correct that this is a Rove Beetle. It will take us some research to give you a species, but there are so many physically similar species that might be impossible.
Australian Rove Beetle
the rove beetle you have an image of on your website, the one with the bright orange head, is Creophilus erythrocephalus (Fabricius). I am revising that genus of rove beetles. Cheers,
University of Illinois at Chicago
Zoology, Division of Insects
The Field Museum