Subject: Classic bug under a log
Location: Lehigh Valley, PA
May 10, 2017 3:03 pm
Hello bugman, me an my girlfriend were out on an adventure flipping rocks and logs when we came across this little guy. I’ve been flipping rocks for many years now and don’t recall ever seeing this type of insect. When it moved it had its rear end in the air.
Signature: Kevin & Amber
Dear Kevin & Amber
This is a magnificent Rove Beetle. We started by searching through Arthur V. Evans excellent book Beetles of North America where we identified this Rove Beetle as Platydracus maculosus, a species that unfortunately has no common name. Evans writes: “the largest rove beetle in North America. … Adults active spring and summer, attracted to carrion, decaying fungi, and dung.” Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.