Rove Beetle
"Spiny-legged Rove Beetle"
Genus Bledius


Bledius rove beetle
I was trying to take a picture of a spider in the gravel on Antelope Island when this tiny creature
flew in and landed at my feet and began running around. I finally got it to hold still long
enough so I could take this photo. Rove Beetles in general are insect eaters, which makes
 them a
beneficial insect, and in Utah Bledius species serve another purpose, as well - they
 are food for the migratory
shore birds that visit the island.  You can read more about
these beetles here on Stephen Cresswell's extensive insect site. © Carol Davis 7-1-2014


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