At the moment.... mostly about moths

Monday, 30 March 2009

Rove beetle

It's amazing what you can find if you just look. I came across this little creature whilst looking for springtails.

Tachyporus abdominalis

It's only a few mm long and no detail is visible with naked eye. It's most probably a species called Tachyporus abdominalis a rove beetle. According to wikipedia there are 46000 species of rove beetle, they are characterized by the exposed abdomen, not covered by the elytra as it is in most beetles. This is by no means a perfect photo, it was moving too quickly, but it does illustrate the attractive almost metallic colouration of this species?

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