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Rove Beetle larva

Rove Beetle larva
Baiting Hollow, Suffolk County, New York, USA
May 22, 2010
Found under a pot. He ran and hid before I could get another shot.

Moved from Rove Beetles. Probably Platydracus, but could be Ontholestes.

Thank you Margaret.
He was the largest Rove beetle I've seen so far and able to hide so fast for his size.

correction - probably some other Staphylinina
Yes, they are fast guys, you did well to get a photo! I looked at it again and began to think Ontholestes was more likely, but the real expert, Al Newton, said: "Too bad the urogomphi are not shown, or prolegs [front legs], those are the main things that would help. The legs (tibiae) are rather slender, which would make Ocypus, Tasgius, Dinothenarus or Staphylinus more likely than Platydracus, Ontholestes, or Creophilus.

Moved from ID Request.

rove beetle larva, i suppose

btw, Lynn--
i expect more pix of tiny obscure stuff from you this season!
with best wishes, =v=

Thank you, =v=, for your encouragement, and for all of your help over the last few years.
I really appreciate your dedication and help in making Bugguide such an enriching experience.
I'm constantly surprised at how many "tiny obscure" little beings are quietly living, mostly unseen, among us and that most of them have even been named. I'll do my best to keep you busy this year.


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