|Devil's Coach Horse Beetle - Facts and Superstition
||[Jun. 12th, 2008|03:52 pm]
Ok, this time around I will NOT be supplying you with a chainmail which I was stupid enough to post here. I am trying to redeem myself with some information on one of my native Britain's largest of all beetles and extremely interesting too. I really got interested in them after I found on the floor of our living room, scuttling about. Enjoy!
The devil's coach-horse beetle (Ocypus olens) is a very common and widespread European beetle, belonging to the large family of the Rove beetles (Staphylinidae). It was originally named Staphylinus olens in 1764, and some authors and biologists still use this older name. The species has also been introduced to the Americas and parts of Australasia.
This black beetle usually shelters during the day under stones, logs or leaf litter. It is most often seen in forests, parks and gardens between April and October.