rove beetle

rove beetle

6120   Hello,  This was discovered on the hood of a car downtown Ottawa mid-August 2017.  All that I can gather from Web research is that it may belong to a wood boring insect, but nothing is matching any descriptions for Ontario.  It is close to an inch long. I’d appreciate any extra information if you may have it. Thanks,  Christa

This is not a wood-boring insect of any kind, it is a rove beetle (Coleoptera: Staphylinidae), which are general predators on other small arthropods. Your specimen has its flight wings exposed; these usually are tightly folded under short wing covers (elytra) – see https://tinyurl.com/y7rudl85 for a more typical image. Ed Saugstad, retired entomologist; Sinks Grove, WV.