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For Insects, Spiders & Their Kin
For the United States & Canada

Species Philonthus debilis

Rove beetle - Philonthus debilis - male
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 Philonthina
Genus Philonthus
Species debilis (Philonthus debilis)
Explanation of Names
Philonthus debilis (Gravenhorst 1802)
4.5-5.0 mm
native to the Palaearctic (where widespread & common)(1), adventive in our area (along both coasts in the US & adjacent Canada)(2)(3)(4)(5)
earliest record in our area: ?MA 1857(2)