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Hairy Rove Beetle

Creophilus maxillosus


About 18-20 mm long, robust, black with gray, silver, and golden hairs as shown. Very agile runner, flies well.


Found beneath a dead Bobwhite quail in a thicket of shrubs adjacent to a grove of cottonwood trees. Overall habitat is arid, degraded shortgrass prairie with cholla cacti being the tallest vegetation, at least at this time of year.


This insect is a powerful predator of fly maggots and other insects that visit carrion.

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Pueblo, Colorado, USA

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

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