The rove beetle strikes again! Although we featured one in last week’s report, repetition is certainly a useful tool for identifying arthropods in the field. 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, most Rove Beetle adults prey on other invertebrates and larvae. Most larvae also hunt invertebrates, but some 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 Kristi DuBois on 4/21/20  in Missoula, MT.