Rove Beetle, we believe

Subject:  Bug identity
Geographic location of the bug:  West Tennessee
Date: 06/26/2018
Time: 03:25 PM EDT
Your letter to the bugman:  We are finding many of these bugs in cat litter boxes at the cat rescue center where I volunteer.  They are small,  skinny and maybe 1/4 inch long.
Thank you.
How you want your letter signed:  Christine Morrison

Rove Beetle, we believe

Dear Christine,
We wish the quality of your image was better.  Though it somewhat resembles an Earwig, we believe, based on this BugGuide image, that this is a Rove Beetle, but the species is not identified.  Regarding finding them in proximity of litter boxes, BugGuide indicates:  “Often found under rocks, logs, etc. Some found on edges of bodies of water, others on carrion, decaying fungi, etc” and “Most adults and larvae are predatory on other invertebrates. Some larvae feed on decaying vegetation.”

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