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Earwig-esque Insects in Ambler, PA


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#1 Offline VoidElecent - Posted August 21 2017 - 7:05 AM

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Hello all,

 

These little suckers have been showing up to my blacklight every night since early May; some nights only a couple show up, but some nights there are literally hundreds. I've explored Bugguide and other identification websites to identify them, but I haven't had any luck. I know winged male and female reproductives do exist; I've seen them mate at the light (similar to a nuptial flights!).

 

I'd like to learn a little more about these. All I know as of now is they make a wonderful protein source for founding ant colonies. :)

 

They're pretty polydisperse at around 4-7 mm in length each, with the majority falling within 5-6 mm. The large portions of their bodies are shiny jet-black, aside from their thoraxes which are bright red.

 

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#2 Offline gcsnelling - Posted August 21 2017 - 1:19 PM

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Rove beetles.



#3 Offline VoidElecent - Posted August 21 2017 - 4:12 PM

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Rove beetles.

 

Thank you! I think I've ID'd it as Philonthus rufulus.


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