Rove Beetle from Germany

Subject: What’s this ?
Location: Scheeßel, Lower Saxony, Germany
August 29, 2015 2:06 pm
Hi, do you know this nice bug ?
Signature: Peter B.

Rove Beetle
Rove Beetle

Dear Peter,
We believe this Rove Beetle may be
Platydracus stercorarius and there are some very nice images on Eakring Birds.  According to Nature Spot, it “is also quite a large species reaching 2 cm or more in length. The legs and elytra are rust red, whilst the head, thorax and abdomen are mainly black. The head is very square at the back and there are bands of pale pubescence on the apical abdominal segments.”  It might also be the related Staphylinus caesareus.

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