Wasp looking bug
Location: Knob noster, mo
August 6, 2011 4:23 pm
A cinder block was moved and we found this odd looking little guy. He seems very aggressive for sure, brings his back end up like a scorpion when he gets upset. He also has wings.
We hope that the information we will provide for you will make you somewhat less creeped out by bugs. This is a Gold and Brown Rove Beetle, Ontholestes cingulatus, which we identified on BugGuide, which indicates it is “Large for a rove beetle. Dark brown and hairy. Clumps of hair forms dark spots on much of body. Yellow hair forms “belt” under thorax, covers parts of last abdominal segments. Head wider than pronotum. Eyes large, prominently placed on sides of head. Found on carrion and fungi. Often turns yellow tip of abdomen upward when walking.” They are a harmless species and they are often associated with dead animals. BugGuide also notes: “Adults eat maggots, mites, beetle larvae. Larvae feed on carrion, fungi.”