No need to register, buy now! Close-up macro shot in Focus Stacking technique of Devil's coach-horse beetle or Devil's Coach Horse. Uniformly black body covered in fine, black hairs (setae). google_alternate_ad_url = "http://www.downgardenservices.org.uk/google_adsense_script.htm"; google_ad_channel =""; This beetle is found in damp conditions in most natural environments including: woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens, where it relies on decaying natural matter. Shortened wing cases (elytra) which cover the thorax, concealing a folded second pair of wings which enable flight. A voracious predator of other ground-dwelling invertebrates, including slugs, the devil's coach-horse lives under stones or among plant litter. The body is all black and covered in fine hairs. When it feels threatened it will raise up its abdomen so that it looks like a small scorpion, and … It gives potential predators, as well as humans, fair warning. Click here to support NatureSpot by making a donation - small or large - your gift is very much appreciated. Rarity in the UK: Rare / Common The Devil’s Coach Horse is the largest of the rove beetles and can reach a length of around 28mm. There were a total of 171 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015. The Devil's coach-horse beetle (Ocypus olens) is a species of beetle belonging to the large family of the rove beetles (Staphylinidae). It is also common along hedgerows and in grassland. It was originally included in the genus Staphylinus in 1764, and some authors and biologists still use this classification. The Devil’s Coach Horse beetle is an European beetle related to our Rove Beetle. When it feels threatened it will raise up its abdomen so that it looks like a small scorpion, and it will spray a foul-smelling liquid from its abdomen. The bendable abdomen rises and curls forward, like a scorpion's. Devil’s coach-horse. Shortened wing cases (elytra) which cover the thorax, concealing a folded second pair of wings which enable flight. HOME. It is a nocturnal predator that spends the day amongst leaf litter or in a cool, damp hideaway. This gives rise to an alternative name, the Cock-tail Beetle. Devil's Coach-horse A member of the Rove Beetle family it is distinguished by having short elytra or wing covers, although they rarely fly. The larval stage is mobile and just as predatory as the adult. But tonight my mom came into my room saying my dad found this weird bug he never seen before. Rove beetles have been around since the Triassic Period which was before the dinasaurs. Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain. This beetle is common and widespread - a valuable biological control of garden pests. google_color_text = "000000"; google_color_bg = "E6F7BD"; Description: The Devil's coach horse is a long black rove beetle around 30mm long with a flattened head and sharp pincer mouthparts. This beetle is capable of inflicting a painful bite if handled. google_ad_width = 728; google_ad_client = "pub-0391033337821405"; Image Credit: Glenn H. 2/3. BEETLES INDEX. //-->. Instead of a venomous stinger, the Devil's Coach Horse opens an internal gland that shoots out a yellowish foul-smelling fluid. ( Latin: Staphylinus olens) This large predatory beetle is common in woodland, but is also found in gardens and sometimes enters houses when hunting for prey, usually small insects, slugs and worms. When disturbed they adopt a threatening scorpion-like posture raising their rear end and opening their jaws. They are found in and around decaying material, feeding on fly larvae and other insects. Devil’s Coach Horse beetle Adult beetles are long, slender, black, and measure 0.9 to 1.3 inches (22 to 33 millimeters) in length. BEETLE IDENTIFIER. During the day they hide under debris and scurry to cover if exposed. At about 25–28 millimetres (1.0–1.1 in) it is one of the larger British beetles. google_color_text = "000000"; The body is all black and covered in fine hairs. Although able to fly its wings are rarely used. A large rove beetle with extended exposed abdomen covered by hardened plates and composed of 8 segments. google_color_url = "000000"; google_color_bg = "E6F7BD"; Devil's coach horse beetle (Ocypus olens), a species of rove beetle, showing aggressive scorpion-like position, UK. As is typical of the staphylinid beetles the elytra are very short, and in fact they only cover the foremost part of the … Females lay their eggs in the soil, and these hatch into carnivorous larvae. Huge collection, amazing choice, 100+ million high quality, affordable RF and RM images. google_ad_format = "728x15_0ads_al_s"; google_ad_height = 90; Thank you. Devil's Coach Horse The robust Devil's Coach beetle, with its very unique posture, can deliver a painful bite if agitated. Ocypus olensbelongs to the rove beetle family, of which there are approximately 1000 species found in the UK. google_color_link = "000000"; Description A large rove beetle with extended exposed abdomen covered by hardened plates and composed of 8 segments. google_ad_height = 15; A = Species Category, B = Species Family, C = Species It is a fast moving beetle which is capable of flight, but prefers to … Typical to this family, the Devil’s Coach Horse is a long-bodied, uniformly black beetle with an extended exposed powerful abdomen with shortened wing cases (elytra). Keep in touch with the nature you love … , Scientific Name: Staphylinus olens syn. They belong to the rove beetle family, and are – as you can see from the photo above – a uniformly dark beetle, about 3 cm long. Devil's coach horse beetles mate during the autumn and lay eggs … A nocturnal predator, this beetle lives in and around decaying matter. Rove beetles have been around since the Triassic Period which was before the dinasaurs.