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Transvestite Rove Beetle

Leistotrophus versicolor


This is a large female of the Transvestite Rove Beetle. See the incredible story of this species in a previous spotting ( This beetle is more rare during the dry season. Family Staphylinidae.


Found on leaves in the understory. They fly very well and look and sound like a Bumble Bee in flight. They are fierce predators.


See Pamsai's spotting of this beetle from Costa Rica smearing a leaf with its fly-attracting liquid

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1 Comment

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 5 years ago

How weird is that.

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Chiapas, Mexico

Lat: 16.71, Long: -93.02

Spotted on Jan 21, 2015
Submitted on Feb 11, 2015

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