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Staphylinus erythropterus – (family Staphylinidae)
Rove beetles are characterized by having greatly shortened wing-cases with their flying wings much-folded underneath. This gives them narrow flexible bodies that allow them to chase their prey rapidly through complex spaces such as densely matted grass. Staphylinus erythropterus is common on heaths and moors, especially in the north, but is more often seen conspicuously crossing paths and other open spaces. Rove beetles are very successful: over a quarter of Britain's beetle species belong to this family.