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Photo#679734
Rove Beetle? - Ocypus olens

Rove Beetle? - Ocypus olens
Escondido, San Diego County, California, USA
July 25, 2012
This large black insect was under a paver in a dark, damp area of the yard. There were a couple Earwigs with eggs next to it.

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This is Ocypus olens, an intr
This is Ocypus olens, an introduced species

Cheers,
Adam

 
Thank you
Was it introduced to help control the snails? It seemed to interact well with the Earwigs.

 
This species was accidentally
This species was accidentally introduced from Europe, probably through commercial trade (in potting soil etc.). It appears to do a good job controlling the snails though, even though that was not the intention!

Cheers,
Adam

 
Thanks again for the great in
Thanks again for the great information and ID!

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