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Rove beetle

Staphylinidae family

Aster leafhopper

Susan Ellis,

Aster leafhopper

Jeff Hahn, Department of Entomology, University of Minnesota

Size: 1/8 - 3/4 inch long

Description: Flat, slender beetles with very short wing covers that expose most of the abdomen; most are black or brown.

Where/When: Typically found on the ground, under stones and leaves and in loose soil during spring and summer.

Significance: They are predators on other insects.

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