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Species Creophilus maxillosus - Hairy Rove Beetle

Hairy Rove Beetle - Creophilus maxillosus - male Rove Beetle - Creophilus maxillosus Creophilus maxillosus with mites - Creophilus maxillosus Creophilus maxillosus  - Creophilus maxillosus Rove Beetle (Staphylinidae) - Creophilus maxillosus Hairy Rove Beetle - Creophilus maxillosus Hairy Rove Beetle - Creophilus maxillosus  Creophilus maxillosus - Creophilus maxillosus
Classification
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Staphyliniformia)
Superfamily Staphylinoidea (Rove, Carrion and Fungus Beetles)
Family Staphylinidae (Rove Beetles)
Subfamily Staphylininae (Large Rove Beetles)
Tribe Staphylinini
Subtribe Staphylinina
Genus Creophilus
Species maxillosus (Hairy Rove Beetle)
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Creophilus maxillosus (Linnaeus)
Orig. Comb: Staphylinus maxillosus Linnaeus 1758
Numbers
2 sspp. in our area(1)
Size
12-21 mm
Identification

Det. B. Mathison, 2015
Range
C. m. villosus is native and widespread in NA, C. m. maxillosus is native to the Palaearctic and is known from scattered records from ON, QC, and MA (first detected: ~1620, NF)(2) and many other parts of the New World(1)
Habitat
grassy and open forested habitats, lake/ocean shorelines; on carrion (typically, larger carcasses), rarely on dung, compost, or at lights(1)
Season
mostly: Mar-Oct (BG data)
Food
maggots and adult flies, also other arthropods(1)
Life Cycle
Adults will form their bodies into a tight ball and roll off carrion into leaf litter when disturbed(1)
Internet References
Works Cited
1.Staphylinidae of eastern Canada and the adjacent United States. Keys to subfamilies; Staphylininae: ...
Brunke A., Newton A., Klimaszewski J., Majka C.G., Marshall S. 2011. Canadian Journal of Arthropod Identification 12: 1-110.
2.Introduced Staphylinidae (Coleoptera) in the Maritime Provinces of Canada
Majka C.G., Klimaszewski J. 2008. The Canadian Entomologist 140: 48-72.