(Rove beetle)

These intriguing creaturesare a true marvel of nature. With over 63,000 species and counting, they've earned their title as the largest family within the order Coleoptera.

Family Staphylinidae Latreille, 1802

Subfamily Silphinae Latreille, 1806
Subfamily Apateticinae Fauvel, 1895
Subfamily Trigonurinae Reiche, 1866
Subfamily Scaphidiinae Latreille, 1806
Subfamily Piestinae Erichson, 1839
Subfamily Osoriinae Erichson, 1839
Subfamily Oxytelinae Fleming, 1821
Subfamily Omaliinae W.S. MacLeay, 1825
Subfamily Microsilphinae Crowson, 1950
Subfamily Glypholomatinae Jeannel, 1962
Subfamily Empelinae Newton & Tayer, 1992
Subfamily Proteininae Erichson, 1839
Subfamily Micropeplinae Leach, 1815
Subfamily Neophoninae Fauvel, 1905
Subfamily Dasycerinae Reitter, 1887
Subfamily Protopselaphinae Newton & Tayer, 1995
Subfamily Pselaphinae Latreille, 1802
Subfamily Mycetoporinae C.G. Thomson, 1859
Subfamily Tachyporinae W.S. MacLeay, 1825
Subfamily Phloeocharinae Erichson, 1839
Subfamily Trichophyinae C.G. Thomson, 1858
Subfamily Habrocerinae Mulsant & Rey, 1876
Subfamily Aleocharinae Fleming, 1821
Subfamily Leptotyphlinae Fauvel, 1874
Subfamily Oxyporinae Fleming, 1821
Subfamily Megalopsidiinae Leng, 1920
Subfamily Steninae W.S. MacLeay, 1825
Subfamily Euaesthetinae C.G. Thomson, 1859
Subfamily Solieriinae Newton & Tayer, 1992
Subfamily Scydmaeninae Leach, 1815
Subfamily Pseudopsinae Ganglbauer, 1895
Subfamily Olisthaerinae C.G. Thomson, 1858
Subfamily Paederinae Fleming, 1821
Subfamily Staphylininae Latreille, 1802

Now, one may wonder what makes these tiny beings so enchanting? Well, it's not just their sheer numbers that leave us in awe; their astounding diversity in form and function is truly something to behold. From delicate wing patterns to fearsome-looking pincers, there's never a dull observing these fascinating insects.

And while they may be small in stature (ranging from a minuscule 1mm to a more robust 35mm). As natural predators of many pests and decomposers of organic matter, they are nature's unsung heroes.

But what makes them truly remarkable is their ability to adapt to almost any environment – from deserts to forests and even waterways.

Rove beetles are small in size but big in impact. They play an essential role in maintaining the balance of ecosystems by preying on other insects and serving as food for larger animals. Plus, they have some unique physical characteristics that make them stand out from the crowd, like elytra (wing covers) that expose their flexible wings.

But perhaps the most intriguing aspect of Staphylinidae is their behavior. Some species live in symbiotic relationships with ants, while others use chemical defenses to ward off predators. And did you know that certain Staphylinidae can even produce light through bioluminescence?

So next time you're out exploring nature, keep an eye out for these amazing creatures.