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Rove Beetle

Plochionocerus sp

Description:

iridescent navy blue insect, curled up in first photo, walking normally in second

Habitat:

primary rainforest

Notes:

This insect was really easy to see at times. When it walked through a sunny spot on the ground the sun would make it shine brightly. That's how I spotted it. When I picked it up though it went into a sort of defence mode. It would either play dead or curl up on itself. Very cool insect. I spotted at least half a dozen of these over the course of 2 weeks in the Amazon.

1 Species ID Suggestions

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago
Rove Beetle
Plochionocerus simplicicollis neotropicalconservation | Andes Amazon Mesoamerica Amphibians


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4 Comments

patty
patty 8 years ago

Wow! Great beetle and picture Dan =)

dandoucette
dandoucette 8 years ago

Thanks bayucca, I've just ID'd it to the genus level then. Thank you also Env and Jason.

bayucca
bayucca 8 years ago

It is a Rove Beetle, Staphylinidae, Plochionocerus sp. and could be Plochionocerus simplicicollis. But actually I do not think that you can ID this one from just a picture...

Jason Alexander
Jason Alexander 8 years ago

Cool colour!

dandoucette
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Amazonas, Colombia

Spotted on Dec 4, 2012
Submitted on Mar 28, 2013

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