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Rove beetle

Philonthus politus

Description:

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

Habitat:

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.

Notes:

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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BugEric
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BugEric

Pueblo, Colorado, USA

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

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