Rove Beetles

The Rove Beetles are a very large family with over 46000 species worldwide, nearly 1000 of which occur in Britain, ranging in size from 25mm (1inch) to less than 1mm.

Paederus littoralis - Lancashire, England - May 2009

Unlike most other beetles, the abdomen of Staphylinidae is mostly exposed due to the very short elytra (the hard, modified forewings that normally form a protective cover over the beetle's body). Despite their appearance, most species are still capable of flight, and the well-developed hind wings neatly folded under the shortened elytra in a manner that would put any origami master to shame.

Gwynedd, Wales - June 2008