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Rove Beetle

Plochionocerus sp


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


primary rainforest


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.

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

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patty 8 years ago

Wow! Great beetle and picture Dan =)

dandoucette 8 years ago

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

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!

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Amazonas, Colombia

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

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