a small predatory insect with an elongated body, short wings, and a tendency to emit defensive secretions when disturbed
What is a "rove beetle"?
A rove beetle is a small predatory insect characterized by its elongated body and short wings, which usually do not cover its abdomen. Rove beetles are known for their quick movements and ability to emit defensive secretions when disturbed. They are commonly found in various habitats, including soil, leaf litter, and decaying organic matter, where they play a beneficial role in controlling populations of other insects.