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Rove Beetle
(John Obermeyer, Purdue University)
Common Name: Rove Beetle

Order: Coleoptera

Family: Staphylinidae

Pest Status: Rove beetles are not considered pests.

Appearance: Rove beetles are slender, elongated insects with wing covers that are much shorter than the abdomen. Most are black or brown and quite small (1/8-inch).

Life Cycle: Females deposit their eggs in the soil and the larvae hatch in about 5 to 10 days. The larvae feed on small insect that they find in the surrounding soil. The beetles pupate within the host puparia and emerge as adults after one month.

Where to Collect: Rove beetles are typically found in most moist environments. They may easily be collected using pitfall traps.