There are nearly 5,000 species of Rove Beetles in North America. No wonder we had trouble narrowing it down further than family. Sleek, slender and elongate, this individual measured in at about 1 cm. Most Rove Beetle adults and larvae prey on other invertebrates. Some larvae feed on decaying vegetation. While it may not look like it, most species have well-developed wings folded under their small wing covers and can fly.
Photo by Glenn Marangelo on 4/19/20 in Missoula, MT.