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Massive Rove Beetle

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I found these in the compost bin of a local community gardening project. They are massive. I may have seen an adult 2 years ago and if I recall correctly they are just as impressive. I hope to collect more (I have 2 still alive, 2 others died possibly due to collection-related injuries ): )

If they're like other rove beetles breeding them should be easy! Any ideas on an ID?




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It's hard to see the vestigial elytra in that photo, but I'd have guessed it was a ground beetle larva from the pale coloration of the abdomen and cerci (and size). Did you confirm whether or not they have flying wings under the elytra? I'm always surprised to see rove beetle flying, though I don't know what proportion of them do so.

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