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Jul 13, 2012 11:38 PM

Possible rove beetle?

Some friends of mine saw what they thought was a very unusual looking insect sitting on a leaf of a bonsai tree (either ash or beech) in their yard.  It was mostly black in colour, about 2 cm long and cigar shaped.  The wife said it had two blobs of red on its back towards the front of its body and was definitely an insect because it had six legs, although she couldn't see any antennae.  The husband remembers some yellow stripes or marks down the side but can't remember seeing any red blobs.  He also said it seemed rather hairy.


I think it must have been a rove beetle. Looking at Internet pictures, Staphylinus erythropterus seems most likely, but is that species hairy?


Any further sugestions?

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    Jul 15, 2012 11:48 PM (in response to Drosophila)
    Re: Possible rove beetle?

    Could be Platydracus stercorarius, which has yellow yairs on the abdomen.  However rove beetles are generally ground dwellers, I'd be surprised to find it in a tree (even a small one!).  Are you sure thats what it was?

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    Jul 16, 2012 9:22 AM (in response to Drosophila)
    Re: Possible rove beetle?

    Could be almost anything! Ash or beech? Perhaps Mutilla europaea (red on the front end of its back with yellow stripes)..

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