Rove beetle pic

racketman

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They never keep still so this was probably the best way to get a detailed shot. A natural enviroment would have made a nicer photo though.
 

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I find them in my basement during the winter, they prey on the sowbugs that come inside.
 

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Yeah, they are always moving. I have a new appreciating for them. When I was a kid in the central Tx area, every once in a while, I'd catch a big black, wingless beetle that reminds me a little of these. I haven't seen those big black beetles in about 30 years. It might be a Rove sp but I'm not sure. I can't quite remember what it looked like. Back then, I was told it was called an oil beetle.

I just Googled "oil beetle". The pic I found looks like what I used to find. But not a Rove.

Hmm, I'm only seeing UK references. It would ooze a greenish, brown oily substance when picked up.
 
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racketman

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I think you are remembering a Devil's Coach Horse as we call them. Staphylinus olens. Haven't seen one in years.
 

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I just Googled that insect you're referring too. Nice looking insect. That's not what I have in my head though. I found what I used to see on the internet. Common name is Oil beetle or Blister beetle. Looks like they are in the genus Meloe. It was e tx, USA where I used to see them.
 
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