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Common names: Rove Beetle
Scientific name: Staphylinidae
Region: There are many species of this beetle throughout North America.
Life cycle: This beetle produces several generations each year. The insect may overwinter as a larva, pupa, or adult.
Physical Description: With there long, dark, flat bodies, this beetle resemble an earwig. They are 1/8 to 1/2 inch long, slender, straight bodied with clubbed antennae, and curved mouthparts. They are brown or black and often shiny, and are winged or wingless with shortened elytra.
Feeding characteristics: Feeding habits vary with species. Most commonly, species are scavengers, but some are parasitic in the larval stage. Some are predators and a few have a combination of all these feeding habits.
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