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what’s this bug ????
This bug was crawling around our back deck on October 3rd. We live in Southeastern PA. We thought it was a wasp or something, but the wings looked way too short for flying. It crawled around for a while and then flew away when we got too close. I’ve never seen anything like it. Any ideas?

We are relatively certain this is a Rove Beetle, but the angle of the photo makes it difficult to identify the species. We will see if Eric Eaton knows. Here is what Eric has to say: “Daniel: Yes, you are correct! It is probably a specimen of Platydracus maculosus, our largest native staphylinid. They fly very well, resembling wasps while airborne! Eric”

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination

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