curtipennis is one of the larger members of the Staphylinidae
group. Known more commonly as Rove Beetles,
most species have their abdominal segments exposed. The
largest example of the group is the Devil's Coach Horse,
a familiar and imposing species. Over 1000 species of Staphylinidae
in the UK, most are scavengers and can be
found in a variety of sites. They generally inhabit leaf
litter and and other decaying matter and are good fliers.
This one was found at Sherwood Forest in October 2008.