How to Get Rid of Rove Beetles: Effective Solutions for a Pest-Free Home

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Dealing with a rove beetle infestation can be quite a challenge, but understanding their habits and implementing effective solutions can keep your home and garden pest-free. These predatory insects are often found on the soil surface in various habitats and may look a bit like small scorpions due to their short wing covers and habit of raising their tails when running or disturbed [1].

Rove beetles are commonly found near compost piles, rocks, or logs, where they can quickly move around and feed on other insects. Though fierce-looking, most rove beetle species are not harmful to humans [2]. However, they can become a nuisance when their population grows out of control.

Understanding Rove Beetles

What Are Rove Beetles?

Rove beetles are insects belonging to the family Staphylinidae. This family is a part of the Coleoptera order, which houses numerous beetle species.

Rove beetles are predators, and they mostly feed on small insects.

Habitat and Distribution

  • Found under debris and rocks, near water sources
  • Located in compost and piles of decaying material
  • Can be found in the crop canopy

Having a diverse range of environments, they are highly adaptable insects and are commonly found around North American landscapes.

Physical Characteristics

Rove beetles have some distinct features that set them apart from other beetles:

  • Elongated bodies
  • Short front wings, exposing a large part of their abdomen
  • Slender and dark in color, often black or brown
  • Range in size from ¼ to 1 inch in length

Comparison: Rove Beetles and Earwigs

FeatureRove BeetlesEarwigs
Body ShapeElongatedElongated
Abdomen ExposureOver halfMinimal
ColorBlack or BrownDark Brown to Reddish-brown

Rove beetles may look similar to earwigs due to their elongated bodies, but they lack the large pincers found on earwigs. They’re also more commonly found in habitats like compost and decaying material, while earwigs have a higher tendency to become household pests.

Life Cycle and Diet

Eggs and Larvae

Rove beetles have a simple life cycle that starts with the eggs. Female rove beetles lay their eggs in well-hidden areas such as cracks, leaf litter, or rotten wood, where their prey are abundant. Upon hatching, the larvae rely on a diet of tiny arthropods, including mites found in their immediate environments. These small insects have strong mandibles, allowing them to consume their prey efficiently.


After growing and molting through several larval stages, rove beetle larvae enter the pupation stage. Pupae can be found in similar habitats as the eggs and larvae, such as leaf litter and decaying plant matter. During this phase, they undergo a transformation into adult beetles while remaining relatively immobile. In the right environmental conditions, pupation is completed within a few weeks.

Adult Rove Beetles

Adult rove beetles continue to live in similar habitats as their earlier life stages. They are known to consume various types of prey, including:

  • Small insects
  • Bark beetles
  • Decaying organic matter
  • Fungi
  • Pollen

These predatory beetles can become a nuisance in gardens and homes, especially if their populations grow unchecked. However, they also serve as a form of biological pest control, as they prey on other harmful pests in their environment.

Rove beetles are increasingly common in North America, with over 1000 species known to reside in the region. They are a highly adaptable group of insects, able to survive and thrive in diverse environments across the world. To summarize, the life cycle and diet of rove beetles are:

Life StageHabitatDiet
EggsCracks, leaf litterN/A
LarvaeCracks, leaf litterMites, small arthropods
PupaeLeaf litter, decayN/A
AdultsVariousInsects, decay, fungi

It’s important to understand the life cycle and diet of rove beetles for effective pest management strategies in and around your home or garden.

Impact on Plants and Environment

Rove Beetles in Gardens

Rove beetles can often be found in gardens, usually on the soil surface. They have short wing covers that expose their abdominal segments, giving them a similar appearance to earwigs. In gardens, they tend to hide during winter and become more active in warmer months.

Benefits of Rove Beetles in Gardens:

  • Prey on several garden pests like aphids, slugs, and snails
  • Contribute to the natural balance of garden ecosystems

Drawbacks of Rove Beetles in Gardens:

  • Some may cause damage to plant roots
  • Can sometimes be confused with harmful pests

Effect on Crop Production

Rove beetles are both beneficial and harmful to crop production, depending on the species. While many species are helpful in controlling pests, some can feed on plant matter, leading to root damage.


  • Control pests like root maggots that damage crops
  • Reduce the need for chemical pesticides


  • Some species may damage crop roots
  • May not provide full pest control on larger crop fields

Beneficial Aspects of Rove Beetles

Rove beetles are useful in various environments due to their feeding habits. They help control populations of pests like mites, aphids, and bark beetles, keeping plant damage to a minimum. Additionally, some species of rove beetles contribute to pollination, supporting plant growth and reproduction.

Examples of Beneficial Rove Beetle Functions:

  • Pest control for a variety of insects
  • Supporting pollination in plants like Magnolias

Comparison of Rove Beetles and Other Beneficial Insects:

InsectsPest Control AbilitiesPollination ContributionSoil Improvement
Rove BeetlesHighModerateLow
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Rove Beetle Control and Removal

Prevention and Deterrent Measures

  • Maintain cleanliness in your garden and home
  • Remove piles of leaves and debris
  • Seal gaps and cracks in your home’s foundation

Preventing rove beetles from invading your space begins with cleanliness. By maintaining a tidy garden and home, you eliminate potential hiding spots and habitats for these pests. Remove piles of leaves and debris from your property, as these can provide an attractive shelter for rove beetles. Additionally, sealing gaps and cracks in your home’s foundation will help stop them from entering indoors.

Chemical Control Methods

When dealing with a significant infestation, chemical control methods, such as the use of insecticides like pyrethroids, may be necessary. Applying pesticide sprays can also help eliminate rove beetles, but use these chemicals sparingly, as they may also affect beneficial insects.

Natural Control Methods

  • Attracting beneficial insects
    • Ladybugs
    • Lacewings
  • Using diatomaceous earth

Opting for natural control methods can minimize harm to your environment. Attracting beneficial insects like ladybugs and lacewings, which feed on pests like aphids, will help keep the rove beetle population under control, as the competition for food can deter them. Another option is using diatomaceous earth, a natural substance that can be sprinkled in areas with rove beetle activity, helping to control the population by damaging their exoskeletons.

Reader Emails

Over the years, our website, has received hundreds of letters and some interesting images asking us about these insects. Scroll down to have a look at some of them.

Letter 1 – Paederus Rove Beetle: Creechie Bug

Strange Bug in Ethiopia
Dear Bugman;
I am in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, and we have seen a few of these bugs around our house. An Ethiopian has told us they are “very bad”, but couldn’t tell me why they are very bad. It looks like they might have a stinger on the end. Please reply because I need to know if we should tell our kids to avoid these. They are about 3/4″ long. Puzzled in Ethiopia,
Christy Johnson

Hi Christy,
In January of 2008, we received a letter and images from missionaries in Cameroon, and the subject was the Creechie Bug or Paederus Rove Beetle. This is your insect and it is known to cause contact dermatitis. We found a website called DocFiles that confirms this.

Letter 2 – Paederus Rove Beetles from Singapore: Can Cause Contact Dermatitus

Black & Orange Insect
Wed, Jun 24, 2009 at 7:07 PM
Dear WTB, I received an email from my husband, saying that this insect is dangerous. I’ve always been fascinated by different types of insects, so I believe he may have sent it to me to warn me not to touch it. But he only gave me the photo and nothing else. I want to find proof and more info that this insect is dangerous, instead of being misinformed. Hence, I hope you can help me. I really appreciate it. Thank you.
Stephanie Hong

Paederus Rove Beetle
Paederus Rove Beetle

Dear Stephanie,
Your photos represent some species of Rove Beetle in the genus Paederus.  We first became aware of these insects when we received a submission from Africa that called them Creechies.  Paederus Rove Beetles can cause serious contact dermatitus, so in that sense they are dangerous.  Thanks for sending us photos of representatives of the genus from Singapore.  The Dermatology Online Journal has an excellent article on dermatitus caused by Paederus Rove Beetles in Sierra Leone.

Paederus Rove Beetles

Letter 3 – Potó from Brazil

Location: Northeastern Brazil
July 18, 2011 5:31 pm
I lived in Northeastern Brazil for 2 years in the states of Bahia and Pernambuco. I never saw this bug but I have been burned by it twice in the middle of the night. The Brazilians call it ”potó” but I was wondering what the English name is. It crawls on you and leaves an acid trail where it crawled (The Brazilians say it pees on you, not sure if it is actually urinating. I would like some clearing up on that too) that burns you and has a couple stages. the first stage is that it turns red and swells a bit. the second stage is that it ends up looking like a line of white-head zits, and the third stage is that you get a big scab in the shape of a line where the trail is. There’s all of the information that I have on it. I googled it and got these pictures, but I have also heard from the brazilians that it is a spider. Thanks!
Signature: Jay21310

Paederas Rove Beetle

Hi Jay21310,
This is a Rove Beetle in the genus
Paederas, and they are found in many parts of the world.  In Cameroon they are known as the Creechie Bug, and the fluid they secrete can cause a serious case of contact dermatitis.  Here is a link to the first image of a Creechie Bug we received in 2008.  We like the Brazilian name Potó.

Potó or Paederas Rove Beetle

Letter 4 – Large Rove Beetle

Subject: Termite? Mutant earwig? Snakefly larva?
Location: Outside Boston, MA
December 21, 2012 10:56 am
I just found this guy on the ground outside our back door in the western suburbs of Boston. It’s about 1.5cm long, with a fairly flat profile that doesn’t seem as plump or lobular in the abdomen as I imagine a termite would be. But I have some concern that it may, in fact, be a termite alate. Can you weigh in on this?
Thanks for your help!
Signature: Rob

Large Rove Beetle

Dear Rob,
Though it doesn’t resemble the typical beetle, this Large Rove Beetle is a beetle nonetheless.  It appears it may be
Ocypus nitens which, according to BugGuide, is:  “Native to Europe. Seems to be a rather recent introduction in ne. US.”  It has been reported in Massachusetts.  BugGuide does not discuss their eating habits, but Rove Beetles are predators.  A relative in the same genus, the Devil’s Coach Horse, is also native to Europe and has been introduced to the west coast of North America where it is reported to feed on the introduced Brown Snail, according to BugGuide which quotes Dr. Margaret Thayer.

Letter 5 – Paederus Rove Beetle from Malaysia: Cari-Cari

Hi, in need of urgent identification
Location:  Penang, Malaysia
August 29, 2010 4:37 am
Hi, this bug has been causing havoc over here in the northern region of Malaysia, particularly in Perlis and Penang. Please help me identify it mr bugman 🙂
Kelvim, the pharmacist

Paederus Rove Beetle:  Cari-Cari

Hi Kelvim,
Your insect is a Rove Beetle in the genus Paederus and merely handling it or having it walk across a person’s body is enough to result in a severe case of contact dermatitis.  Our first several letters regarding the Paederus Rove Beetles came from Africa where its warning coloration and unique defense system have earned it the local name of Creechie Bug. While doing additional research for our response to you, we found a website called DOCFILES with many photos of the Paederus Rove Beetle and the resulting contact dermatitis, and the page begins with this information:  “The Rove beetle that is increasingly common in Malaysia. Their bodies contain the toxin paederin (hence Paederous dermatitis) that causes burns on human skin whenever they are crushed. Interestingly the beetles were used to burn off warts in the past. It starts off with some erythema/redness and then with patches of ulceration where the beetle has been crushed.
There are numerous comments posted regarding remedies for the contact dermatitis posted to the site. It is quite interesting to us that the image you provided appears to be a very degraded version of the exact image on the DOCFILES page.  We are also intrigued by the title of the digital file you supplied for us to identify.  What is the origin of the name Cari-Cari?  Is that a local name for the Paederus Rove Beetle?

Dear Daniel,
I am delighted at the prompt response and information you have
given me. This will indeed aid me in treating and informing my
customers. The file name was typed in by myself, as the locals call it
“cari-cari” (in the malay dialect they like to repeat words as names
i.e. orang-orang, ubur-ubur).
Regarding the photo file of the rove beetle found in DOCFILES, it
IS extremely similar with the file I sent you. However, after close
examination using the superimpose technique in photoshop, i found that
they ARE different. Besides, the background is different too. This is
the add from where i got the photo
If you DO happen to come by any different treatment options or
ways to control the spread of this bug, please do let me know.
Thanks a million for what you have provided me! 🙂

Sorry for some “misinformation”
The word “cari-cari” is actually a malaysianised pronunciation of
“charlie”. Don’t ask me why charlie, but the locals also call it semut

Letter 6 – Rove Beetle

Help, need to know what this is so i know kids will be ok hunting bugs
Location: Chatham, Ontario, Canada
November 6, 2011 11:39 am
Hello, i was wondering if you could possibly help me out on this bug. I scared me a little when i trapped it to get a better look at it. The back end went up like a scorpions would. It does have wings buy they are tucked into its back, i see them out once. I have the picture on facebook so maybe others could help, but no one knew but one did say that they seen them in their back yard as well. I have 3 small children and i need to know if these bugs will harm them.
Signature: Carly Reeson

Rove Beetle

Hi Carly,
This is a harmless beneficial Rove Beetle.  Rove Beetles are beneficial because they are predators that keep down the populations of potentially problematic creatures in the yard and garden.  We believe this might be
Platydracus maculosus or a closely related species based on this photo from BugGuide.  The threat posture you described is quite typical of Rove Beetles, and it causes many people to suspect that they are capable of stinging, which they are not.  Some Rove Beetles do release a foul odor upon striking that threat posture.

Rove Beetle in threat posture

Letter 7 – Irish Rove Beetle: Possibly Endangered Species???

Insect Question
I found this strange looking insect in the back garden. I am living in Galway, Ireland. I was wondering if you might be able to identify it ? I found it in the dogs food bowl. When I lifted it out of the bowl its back end lifted up into the air like a scorpion. Is it a harmful insect or is it a friendly. From looking at other sites it seems to be of the “Devils Coach Horse” family or could it be a Rove Beetle “platydracus stercorarius”. I looked at some web site photo’s but none of them would have the colours like the one I found. Please find attached some photo’s of this insect. (note-I have cut the pictures from the original)
Thanking you in advance,
Jimmy Clancy
PS- What a great Site !!!

Hi Jimmy,
We agree that this is one of the Rove Beetles in the family Staphylinidae. The Devil’s Coach Horse, Ocypus olens (formerly Staphylinus olens), is a species of Rove Beetle introduced to the U.S. from Europe, but it is all black. In an effort to locate your species we did a google search of Rove Beetle Ireland and keep finding information about the endangered and possibly extinct Stenus palposus, but we cannot find a photo or description. If you properly identify your Rove Beetle or find an image of Stenus palposus, please provide us with a link.

Update: (04/29/2006)
Just to let you know I have spent the 12 hours or so trying to get more information on this Rove Beetle. From browsing all the different sites I now believe it is a STAPHYLINUS CAESAREUS BEETLE. There is at least 3 beetles that look very alike but when you closely look at the details they are all slightly different. The 3 different beetles are the Staphylinus Caesareus, Staphylinus Dimididiaticornis and the Staphylinus Erythropterus. I believe the match is the Staphylinus Caesareus ??? I have found several web sites with some very good photo’s and to be honest they seem to be very alike. I have also e-mailed some other government nature web sites etc..In Ireland & the UK to see if they can provide some information. I have also asked them if they can provide a photo of a Stenus palposus. I will let you know if they reply. If this is indeed a STAPHYLINUS CAESAREUS BEETLE can you tell me if this is also an Endangered Species ? From some of the UK web sites it classes it as a RDBI class ..Meaning “Probably extinct in Britain”. Please find attached some of the links I have found. I would be grateful if you might let me know what you think. Thanking you in advance
Jimmy Clancy

Hi Jimmy,
Wow, you did an amazing research job. Sadly, we aren’t prepared to give you a definitive answer, but we suspect your suspicion that this is probably Staphylinus caesareus is probably correct. Thank you for providing the site with common UK beetles that is labled National Insect Week. Now we are curious about the UK National Insect Week. Let us know what you find out from the government agency.

Letter 8 – Large Rove Beetle

Subject: Beetle
Location: Minnesota
May 18, 2011 8:45 am
Hello bugman,
These images were taken on 5.18.2011 in Minnesota, east of Minneapolis about 20 miles, and although the image quality isn’t very good, I was hoping to learn what it is. It was rather large, perhaps 3 inches. It’s hard to see but on the side view image it looks as though there’s a good size hole in the abdomen, but that could just be an illusion because of the angle and poor image quality. At first I thought it was an Odonata excuviea but ruled it out. Then I thought it might be a click beetle, but I don’t think it is.
I looked on Bug Guide, but wasn’t able to ID this bug. So, I hoping you may be ab;e to shed some light on this ugly, but fascinating little bug
Signature: Laura

Brown and Gold Rove Beetle
Possibly Brown and Gold Rove Beetle

Dear Laura,
Even though you were unable to properly identify this Rove Beetle, we are impressed that you recognized it as a beetle as Rove Beetles do not resemble most beetles as they lack hard elytra.  It looks similar to 
Platydracus maculosus which is pictured on BugGuide, but we would not entirely discount that it might be a Brown and Gold Rove Beetle, Ontholestes cingulatus, which is also pictured on BugGuide.  Rove Beetles are a large family and your individual might be in an entirely different genusSince your image is several years old, this is not a timely or seasonal posting.  We are preparing several posts to go live while we are away from the office in early January, so you will be able to find this posting on our site in the coming week.

Brown and Gold Rove Beetle
Possibly Brown and Gold Rove Beetle

Thank you so much for your speedy reply and information. I don’t often see beetles of any kind and certainly not as large as this, at least not alive!
Thanks again, Bugman!
Laura from Mound Mn

Letter 9 – Paederus Rove Beetle from Canada

Subject: Biology
Location: Nova Scotia, Canada
June 8, 2015 4:46 pm
Our biology class did a lab at one of the beaches in Nova Scotia, Canada. Well doing this lab our group found this small black and reddish brown bug well we were examining a part of the beach.
Signature: – Bio Student

Paederus Rove Beetle
Paederus Rove Beetle

Dear Bio Student,
Your insect is unmistakably a Rove Beetle in the genus
Paederus, and according to BugGuide:  “some species contain a toxic chemical (pederin) in their hemolymph which causes contact dermatitis in humans, usually as a result of slapping the beetle and crushing it against exposed skin. The affected area becomes red, swollen, and itchy, causing the skin to peel when scratched.(3) Extracts of Paederus beetles have been used by the Chinese since at least 739 AD in the medicinal treatment of boils, nasal polyps, and ringworm.”  BugGuide also indicates:  “15 spp. in our area, >600 worldwide(1), just one (P. littorarius) reaches Canada” which would mean your species is Paederus littorarius.  The genus has representatives in many places around the world, and those in Africa are known as Creechies or Acid Bugs because of the caustic chemical they release and the contact dermatitis that results. 

Letter 10 – Paederus Rove Beetle from India

Orange black flying Insect
December 11, 2009
this is one insect which really troubles us a lot in winter, it is very attracted to light and is about 5mm in length. it also come in full black body(without the orange), i tried to find the name of this insect so many times still no hope. please help me out. We stay near the Silent Valley in India so we get to lots of insects form the forest..some really scary..and there is one insect which burns the skin; the skit totally burns off and the affected area become red..then turns black like how a wound would heal and then new skin is formed in a week it pours some kinda acid…usually in the night while we sleep…some tell it is this insect can you help us out here…
Silent Valley,INDIA

Paederus Rove Beetle
Paederus Rove Beetle

Hi Sajin,
The insect pictured is your guilty culprit.  It is a Rove Beetle in the genus Paederus.  This genus is found in many places in the world, and they often sport the orange and black warning colors.  The genus name comes from the presence of the toxin paederin in the body which will cause contact dermatitis.  Now that you have a name, you should be able to find copious amounts of online information including this DocFiles page.

Letter 11 – Rove Beetle

Dear ‘Swamped-thing’, er . . .Bugman:0)
I don’t doubt that you’re swamped as many of us are now addicted to your terrific site. Went to a Baptism in Dayton Ohio and this uninvited guest showed up on cup of beverage covered with condensation. (We were in a downstairs room) On closer look it seems the bug is interested in a drop of the beverage that somehow made its way onto the outside of the cup. Any thoughts? Thanks for your help.
Cathy Wilson
Sylvania, Ohio

Hi Cathy,
We are really bogged down for sure. We received over 60 letters today and we will only be able to post two or three. That said, choosing what to read is often very arbitrary. We just loved your subject line, hence you caught our attention. This is some species of Rove Beetle, but we don’t even want to attempt a species name as so many look nearly identical.


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23 thoughts on “How to Get Rid of Rove Beetles: Effective Solutions for a Pest-Free Home”

  1. I just lived for 10 months in Cameroon. I was attacked by the Paederus many times, three times it was pretty bad. Once in my left eye, once in my right, once on my neck. I was told that the bug is called Creechie in the Anglophone part of Cameroon and Caterpillar in the French speaking part (because it is striped). When it gets in the eye it causes about 10 days of damage, with itching, pain, puss, and bloody eye. On neck it was very bad, with pain and itching and scaling. Those around me said they hardly ever got it and my daughter only got a sprinkling of it once. Maybe it is drawn to certain people (mosquitoes also love me). The only thing to do is try not to be inside at night with a light on and a window open. Then you just wait; I did not think the creams helped. Well, I also had several toe dchiggers, but that’s another story . . .

  2. Yes, this is Ocypus nitens, a European species first found in Natick MA in 1944, and now more widespread in New England.

  3. Hi! I am a student at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. In my Organismal Biology class we are required to create a website on a type of animal. Because of copyright issues, permission must be obtained from the original source in order for us to use the images that we will put on our webpage. The page we create will be viewable to the public as part of a larger project at The website will have nothing to do with my school. The image that I would like to use is on “Rove Beetle” If you could please reply letting me know if it is okay if we post this picture on our website, and who we should credit with the creation of this image, that would be great! Your time is appreciated.


  4. The creechie bug has wings and they fly , they loose their wings easily, and that’s when the start moving around. I have a friend who almost go blinded by this bug. had eye complications for 8 months with an orange colored liquid that watered the eye, mixed with pus. The stain of this liquid could last on dresses like for ever. Her pupil became gray and she could not see with this for over a year.
    normally when this bug releases its acid on your body, locally here in Cameroon we apply to the affected area kerosine, or toothpaste immediately one notices, it helps neutralize the acid and reduces the chances of spreading the acid further and causing serious sores and wounds.Then it drys off the area which later on peels of to leave a dark patch on the body that clears off with time. to ease the peeling and help the scaring , Glycerine is applied very often to the area like 7-8 times a day. When it enters the eye, immediately administer clean salty water inside every 10mins and then use Gentamicine eye drop. this neutralizes the acid and helps prevent pus formation.

  5. The creechie bug has wings and they fly , they loose their wings easily, and that’s when the start moving around. I have a friend who almost go blinded by this bug. had eye complications for 8 months with an orange colored liquid that watered the eye, mixed with pus. The stain of this liquid could last on dresses like for ever. Her pupil became gray and she could not see with this for over a year.
    normally when this bug releases its acid on your body, locally here in Cameroon we apply to the affected area kerosine, or toothpaste immediately one notices, it helps neutralize the acid and reduces the chances of spreading the acid further and causing serious sores and wounds.Then it drys off the area which later on peels of to leave a dark patch on the body that clears off with time. to ease the peeling and help the scaring , Glycerine is applied very often to the area like 7-8 times a day. When it enters the eye, immediately administer clean salty water inside every 10mins and then use Gentamicine eye drop. this neutralizes the acid and helps prevent pus formation.

  6. I just found one in my sitting room this morning! I placed it out on the window sill.


  7. I just found one in my sitting room this morning! I placed it out on the window sill.


  8. Just saw one this afternoon in torquay devon and it at first like a small scorpion with its dark black body curling up with fire orange legs with a mix of orange and brown wings with an ant like head and the body was about 20mm long please let me know if my description is similar to your sighting as interested in what it is thanks HARRY

  9. I took a photo of it but don’t know how to put it up on this site. I look up the Rove Bettle ( Staphylinedae) I think.

  10. My name is Robert I live in North San Diego CA. United States .
    I have found on of these beetles by my shed but looks alot bigger then the pic of this beetle and the devil horse beetle. I have it in a cup right now

  11. My name is Robert I live in North San Diego CA. United States .
    I have found on of these beetles by my shed but looks alot bigger then the pic of this beetle and the devil horse beetle. I have it in a cup right now

  12. Thanks to WTB for this ID, and to the Tacoma person who supplied this photo. Found one of these cuties on our (similar) carpeting in our media room here in rural Thurston County. It didn’t arch up like I recalled Devil’s Coachman bugs doing. It also was shinier and larger than I remember those.

    My memory said “rove beetle” but my Audubon bug book showed something very unlike I remembered. A bit of digging, and once again WTB came through.

    While this lil guy was in a juice glass awaiting identification, it sat quite calmly then groomed its face, forelegs, and antennae. That was pretty cute. When spruce and tidy it looked all around curiously but didn’t panic or anything. When we took it outside to our south alder-maple-fir woods and released it into our big brush pile, it slid awkwardly out of the glass onto leaf litter, flipping onto its back…then did a most graceful sideways twist before pouring itself down into the fallen autumn leaves. Such a nice little bug!


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