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Rove Beetle (Paederus littoralis) Rove beetles belong to Staphylinidae, the largest family of beetles with over 63,000 species known worldwide and many more assumed yet to be found.<br />
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Typical habitats include various open wetlands; marginal habitats, marshes and flood plains.<br />
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P. littoralis is common on coastal dunes and cliffs and uniquely in its genus, also occurs in dry habitats such as calcareous grassland and areas of exposed chalk. <br />
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Adults occur year-round, overwintering in soil or among litter etc. and are active over a long season from early spring. They are diurnal predators, mostly active in bright sun, often climbing plant stems, but are more likely to be found roaming the surface, moving rapidly in search of prey which mostly consists of the Aphids they consume in large numbers.           Geotagged,Paederus littoralis,Spring,United Kingdom Click/tap to enlarge PromotedSpecies introCountry intro

Rove Beetle (Paederus littoralis)

Rove beetles belong to Staphylinidae, the largest family of beetles with over 63,000 species known worldwide and many more assumed yet to be found.

Typical habitats include various open wetlands; marginal habitats, marshes and flood plains.

P. littoralis is common on coastal dunes and cliffs and uniquely in its genus, also occurs in dry habitats such as calcareous grassland and areas of exposed chalk.

Adults occur year-round, overwintering in soil or among litter etc. and are active over a long season from early spring. They are diurnal predators, mostly active in bright sun, often climbing plant stems, but are more likely to be found roaming the surface, moving rapidly in search of prey which mostly consists of the Aphids they consume in large numbers.

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  1. Great find, Philip! I just read that several species of Paederus beetles can cause contact dermatitis caused by contact with pederin, a toxin in the hemolymph of many females in the genus. The toxin is made by endosymbiont bacteria that live in the beetle! So cool. Posted 2 months ago
    1. I though that was only if you were to crush the beetles between your fingers, in which case, you'd thoroughly deserve it! Posted 2 months ago
      1. That would make sense unless they have reflexive bleeding. But, I fully agree. Posted 2 months ago

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Paederus littoralis is a rove beetle in the family Staphylinidae.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Christine Young
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Uploaded Mar 29, 2022. Captured Mar 28, 2022 11:37 in 33 Crespin Way, Brighton BN1 7FG, UK.
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  • f/4.0
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  • ISO160
  • 67.46mm