Rove Beetle from the UK

Subject: What is it?
Location: Kent uk
July 16, 2016 11:50 am
My kids asked me what this is. I don’t know!
Signature: Karen

Rove Beetle: Staphylinus caesareus
Rove Beetle: Platydracus stercorarius

Dear Karen,
This colorful Rove Beetle is
Staphylinus caesareus.

Update:  August 7, 2017
Subject: Rove Beetl from the UK – July 16, 2016
August 7, 2017 5:28 am
just found your entry about that rove beetle from Kent, UK on your website, category ‘what’s that bug’.  You told Karen it was a  staphylinus caesareus but I am pretty sure from what I see on the foto, that it is a Platydracus stercorarius.
Yours sincerely,
ZM (Zoology, University of Regensburg, Germany)
Signature: Zora

Ed. Note:  Here is an image from iNaturalist and one from Nature Spot that support Zora’s correction.

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