|Gold-and-brown Rove Beetle|
Rove beetles are common although you may not have seen them unless you spend time looking at dead animals, decaying plant matter, compost piles, fungi and dung. This is where the adult beetles finds maggots, mites, beetle larvae and some carrion and fungi for dinner.
|Coyote gift with rove beetle|
GRBs mate with the male on top, unlike many other rove beetles which mate end to end. Males guard the females they mate with, fighting of competing males that approach her. The larvae go through a complete metamorphosis while eating primarily the larvae associated with their habitat.
GRBs are found in most of the United States and Eastern Canada. The head is wider than the thorax, unlike most rove beetles. Although small elytra (wing covers) protect the wings, it can take flight in a split second. It is also called the Girdled Rove Beetle based on the yellow "girdle" between the second and third set of legs which extends to the lower abdomen and tail.
|Camouflaged beetle with bright yellow tipped abdomen|
More information on rove beetles in general is found at this link.