Rove beetle: Ontholestes gracilis

I thought this was some kind of dragonfly nymph at first. However, it was on the underside of a big mushroom — a pretty weird place to find one. Taking a closer look, I could see it was a type of rove beetle (hanekakushi), but unlike any I’d seen before. Apparently, they feed on mushrooms and carrion.

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Coleoptera: Staphylinidae
Ontholestes gracilis
Rove beetle = sabi-hanekakushi

Location: forest area near Ikeda Village in Munakata (aerial photo)
Map: Google map link

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