Black insect on Queen’s delight
Sun, May 24, 2009 at 3:52 PM
Can you help me ID this small black insect on Stillingia sylvatica (“Queen’s-delight”? It was on most of the flowers. Because of the pointy tail I was guessing it was immature? An instar of a wood-boring beetle perhaps? (Just guessing). Thanks for your help.
Georgia, Appling County

Rove Beetle

Tumbling Flower Beetle

Dear Joan,
Our money is on this being a Rove Beetle in the family Staphylinidae. According to BugGuide, there are “In North America, about 17 subfamilies, 313 genera, 3100 species.” We hope to get a second opinion on this being a Rove Beetle. According to our Audubon Guide: “most Rove Beetles and their larvae oprey upon mites, other insects, and small worms. They are usually found on mushrooms, flowers, or under bark.”

Correction: from Eric Eaton Mon, 25 May 2009 08:36:54 -0700 (PDT)
Nope.  It is a “tumbling flower beetle,” family Mordellidae.  Can’t tell more than that from the image alone.

Thanks for the correction Eric.  We can link to BugGuide which states:  “Body humpbacked, more or less wedge-shaped; broadest at front; head is bent forward, attached ventrally; abdomen pointy, extending beyond elytra. Hind legs enlarged. They kick and tumble about when disturbed. Black or gray, some brown; hairy, sometimes light patches of hair form pattern. Antennae short to moderate, threadlike, sawtoothed or clubbed. “

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