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.
Signature: Anna

Rove Beetle:  Platydracus maculosus

Rove Beetle: Platydracus maculosus

Dear Anna,
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.”


Location: Clemson, South Carolina

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