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Rove beetle

Philonthus politus


Approximately 10-12 mm in length, black with bronze cast as shown.


Found beneath a dead Bobwhite quail in a scrub area adjacent to a grove of cottonwoods. Most of the surrounding habitat is arid, degraded shortgrass prairie with cholla cacti being the tallest vegetation.


This species is native to Europe, but now established and widespread in North America. Special thanks to Philip Howe, Max Barclay, and Adam Brunke for the identification.

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Pueblo, Colorado, USA

Spotted on Apr 21, 2014
Submitted on Apr 25, 2014

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