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.
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.”