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Gold-and-Brown Rove Beetle (Ontholestes cingulatus)

Detailing the identifying qualities of the Gold-and-Brown Rove Beetle, including physical features and territorial reach.

 Updated: 8/16/2017; Authored By Staff Writer; Content ¬©

  Gold-and-Brown Rove Beetle  
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Gold-and-Brown Rove Beetles may spend all their time in places of rot and decay, but they must go where there food grows.

Gold-and-Brown Rove Beetles eat flies, maggots and other living insects that use carrion, fungi, dung and rotting plants as their habitat. Slender and long, Gold-and-Brown Rove Beetles look somewhat similar to Earwigs, a root eating insect found in container and flower gardens. The Gold-and-Brown Rove Beetle's wings are short and part of their abdomen is exposed for viewing. The tip of the abdomen has golden yellow hairs on it, giving it a pop of color and a shiny metallic gleam. When walking, it tends to curve upward.

Rove Beetles prefer to stay unseen and are likely to take cover when approached. They can fly and may be glimpsed leaving a feeding site after detecting movement. Most disappear from view before observers begin taking notice of them, so spotting one is a treat.

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Gold-and-Brown Rove Beetle Information

Category: Beetle
Common Name: Gold-and-Brown Rove Beetle
Scientific Name: Ontholestes cingulatus

Taxonomy Hierarchy

 Arrow graphic Kingdom: Animalia
  Arrow graphic Phylum: Arthropoda
   Arrow graphic Class: Insecta
    Arrow graphic Order: Coleoptera
     Arrow graphic Family: Staphylinidae
      Arrow graphic Genus: Ontholestes
       Arrow graphic Species: cingulatus

Size, Identifying Tags and Territorial Reach

Size (Adult, Length): Size (Adult, Length): 13 mm to 18 mm (0.507 inches to 0.702 inches)
Identifying Colors: brown, yellow, gold
Additional Descriptors: wingless, half-wing, exposed, metallic, shiny, flying

North American Territorial Reach (Though Not Limited To): Alabama; Arkansas; Connecticut; Delaware; Florida; Georgia; Illinois; Indiana; Iowa; Kansas; Kentucky; Louisiana; Maine; Maryland; Massachusetts; Michigan; Minnesota; Mississippi; Missouri; Montana; Nebraska;New Hampshire; New Jersey; New York; North Carolina; North Dakota; Ohio; Oklahoma; Oregon; Pennsylvania; Rhode Island; South Carolina; South Dakota; Tennessee; Texas; Vermont; Virginia; Washington; West Virginia; Wisconsin; British Columbia; New Brunswick; Newfoundland and Labrador; Nova Scotia; Ontario; Prince Edward Island; Quebec; Mexico

A Note About Territorial Reach: Keep in mind that an insect's reach is not limited by lines drawn on a map and therefore species may appear in areas, regions and/or states beyond those listed above. Insects are driven by environmental factors, food supplies and mating patterns and do not nescessarily work within hard-and-fast territorial lines like we humans do.

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