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Subject: Bug
Location: Boston, MA
July 12, 2017 12:23 pm
Dear bugman,
We found this insect in Boston, Massachusetts. Any ideas on what it could be? He likes to hang out and rub his backside against the container. Its hard to see, but he has white/gray stripes (2 bands). His wings are yellowish and translucent.
Thank you,
Signature: Curious jr entomologist

Hairy Rove Beetle

Dear Curious Jr Entomologist,
We just posted another image of a Hairy Rove Beetle a few hours ago.

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Subject: Big flying unknown insect
Location: SE WISCONSIN
July 11, 2017 7:53 pm
I just moved into a new home this month. Today, I have seen 4 (possibly 5, might have seen the same one more than once) of these bugs. I have never seen this kind before and have had no luck with Google. All the ones I’ve seen are rather large, about a quarter size or more. I’m worried there’s some kind of nest or something since I’ve seen so many in one day. Also worries if they sting or anything, as I have 4 small children in the home. I am located in southeast wisconsin, in a rural area with farm fields all around us. Please solve this mystery for me!
Signature: KP

Hairy Rove Beetle

Dear KP,
We identified your Hairy Rove Beetle,
Creophilus maxillosus, thanks to Arthur V. Evans’ excellent book Beetles of Eastern North America where it states:  “Adults appear in late spring, again in late summer;  feed on maggots at carcasses in open, wooded, and coastal habitats;  not uncommon in urban and suburban habitats.”  Here is a BugGuide image for comparison.  According to BugGuide:  “food maggots and adult flies, also other arthropods” and the habitat is “grassy and open forested habitats, lake/ocean shorelines; on carrion (typically, larger carcasses), rarely on dung, compost, or at lights.”  If you are finding them indoors, perhaps there is a dead animal in immediate vicinity of the house.  From the descriptions, we would go on the record that this is a beneficial predator that helps to control populations of flies.  Rove beetles are not venomous, but Evans’ book does state:  “Produce an irritating defensive chemical at the tip of the abdomen.”

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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

Rove Beetle

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.

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Subject: Beetle
Location: Loch lomond
April 3, 2017 1:23 pm
I saw this wee guy while walking up Ben Lomond.what is it?
Signature: Bug

Rove Beetle

Dear Bug,
This colorful Rove Beetle is
Staphylinus caesareus.

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Subject: What’s this bug
Location: England
March 28, 2017 2:33 pm
Hi
My brother has just found 3 of these I’m his house, and is worried they are cockroaches!!!!
Can you help with what they are?
We are in England and the midlands area.
Thank you
Signature: Regards Jacquie

Unknown Rove Beetle

Dear Jacquie,
This is not a Cockroach.  It is a beneficial, predatory Rove Beetle in the family Staphylinidae, but alas, we have not had much luck determining a species name.  There are many species of Rove Beetles illustrated on NatureSpot, but none that looks quite like yours.  According to Mark Telfer’s Website:  “There are about 1,134 species in this family, as delimited in the Duff (2012) checklist. This one family thus contains over a quarter of the 4,072 species of beetle.”   We believe those statistics refer to the British Islands.

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Subject: Earwig? Rove Beetle?
Location: RVA
February 12, 2017 4:17 pm
I need help identifying this bug. Found in Richmond Virginia on 2/12/17 on a warm afternoon. Usually I can find the bug through the internet, but not this time.
Signature: Phil

Brown and Gold Rove Beetle

Dear Phil,
You really didn’t need much help.  Most people don’t even recognize Rove Beetles as Beetles.  We believe this is either a Gold and Brown Rove Beetle,
Ontholestes cingulatus, or a closely related species.  We really like the Ozark Bill A Thousand Acres of Silphiums page.

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