google_alternate_ad_url = "http://www.downgardenservices.org.uk/google_adsense_script.htm"; BEETLES INDEX. //-->. During the day they hide under debris and scurry to cover if exposed. Typical to this family, the Devilâs Coach Horse is a long-bodied, uniformly black beetle with an extended exposed powerful abdomen with shortened wing cases (elytra). The Devilâs coach horse is a long, black beetle with short elytra (wing cases). google_ad_height = 15; Enter a town or village to see local records, Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data) Find the perfect devil's coach horse beetle stock photo. Image Credit: Glenn H. 2/3. A member of the Rove Beetle family it is distinguished by having short elytra or wing covers, although they rarely fly. They can release a foul-smelling substance from two white glands that appear from the rear end. They are found in and around decaying material, feeding on fly larvae and other insects. google_ad_height = 90; Recording the wildlife of Leicestershire and Rutland. google_ad_type = "text_image"; Image Credit: Lisa R. 3/3. google_color_border = "E6F7BD"; This beetle is common and widespread - a valuable biological control of garden pests. //-->, Scientific Name: Staphylinus olens syn. google_ad_format = "728x90_as"; Shortened wing cases (elytra) which cover the thorax, concealing a folded second pair of wings which enable flight. It is a fast moving beetle which is capable of flight, but prefers to â¦ When disturbed they adopt a threatening scorpion-like posture raising their rear end and opening their jaws. The Devil's coach-horse beetle (Ocypus olens) is a species of beetle belonging to the large family of the rove beetles (Staphylinidae). As is typical of the staphylinid beetles the elytra are very short, and in fact they only cover the foremost part of the â¦ Rarity in the UK: Rare / Common The Devilâs Coach Horse is the largest of the rove beetles and can reach a length of around 28mm. During the day it tends to rest among leaf litter or under stones. It was originally named Staphylinus olens in 1764, and some authors and biologists still use this older name. This gives rise to an alternative name, the Cock-tail Beetle. No need to register, buy now! google_ad_width = 728; Shortened wing cases (elytra) which cover the thorax, concealing a folded second pair of wings which enable flight. They have been linked with the devil since the middle ages and the superstition was that whoever the tail pointed at would soon die. There were a total of 171 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015. Devilâs Coach Horse beetle Adult beetles are long, slender, black, and measure 0.9 to 1.3 inches (22 to 33 millimeters) in length. BY STATE ï»¿ 1/3. At first glance you could mistake it for an earwig. It gives potential predators, as well as humans, fair warning. google_ad_format = "728x15_0ads_al_s"; This beetle is capable of inflicting a painful bite if handled. The species has also been introduced to the Americas and parts of Australasia. google_ad_client = "pub-0391033337821405"; google_ad_client = "pub-0391033337821405"; Click here to support NatureSpot by making a donation - small or large - your gift is very much appreciated. The larval stage is mobile and just as predatory as the adult. It is a nocturnal predator that spends the day amongst leaf litter or in a cool, damp hideaway. I heard that they mainly are outside, which i can understand and perfectly fine with. Like most other rove beetles it is fast moving and capable of flight, though it is rarely seen flying. Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain. Special features: The Devil's Coach-horse Beetle is one of around 1000 species of 'rove' beetles found in the UK. 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. It is easily recognizable by its size (up to 3 cm long) and by its dark colour. HOME. Uniformly black body covered in fine, black hairs (setae). Uniformly black body covered in fine, black hairs (setae). Description A large rove beetle with extended exposed abdomen covered by hardened plates and composed of 8 segments. 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. Devilâs Coach Horse is a common beetle of gardens, and â¦ It was originally included in the genus Staphylinus in 1764, and some authors and biologists still use this classification. Rove beetles have been around since the Triassic Period which was before the dinasaurs. It is a useful predator, most active at night.