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The Devil's coach-horse beetle Found this beetle onder a log today in Leersum the Netherlands 15-11-2020 Devils coach-horse beetle,Fall,Geotagged,Netherlands,Ocypus olens Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

The Devil's coach-horse beetle

Found this beetle onder a log today in Leersum the Netherlands 15-11-2020

    comments (11)

  1. Fabulous! Posted one year ago
    1. thnx Lisa Posted one year ago
  2. Mind blowing. Scorpions must hate them. Posted one year ago
    1. thanks a lot Ferdy, but I can't speak for the scorpions. Posted one year ago
  3. Marvelous macro! Posted one year ago
    1. Thank you Ruth. Posted one year ago
  4. Today's Facebook post:

    The Devil’s coach horse beetle (Ocypus olens) is a powerful predator in the insect world. It’s sleek, black body is as dark as its reputation. When, threatened, it bends and raises its flexible abdomen, striking a pose reminiscent to that of a scorpion. But, unlike a scorpion, it cannot sting. However, it can give a powerfully painful bite! Incidentally, it also emits a foul-smelling odor.

    The Devil’s coach horse feeds on invertebrates, such as worms, spiders, moths, slugs, caterpillars, and woodlice. It uses its mandibles (jaws) to cut and smash up its prey into a bolus that it then repeatedly chews, swallows, and regurgitates until it is reduced to a blob of liquid that can finally be digested. Yum? {Spotted in the Netherlands by JungleDragon user, Paul Dirksen} #JungleDragon #Devilscoachhorsebeetle #Ocypusolens

    Paul makes photography look effortless! Check out more of his photos here: https://www.jungledragon.com/user/4061/popular

    Posted one year ago
    1. You're too kind Christine. Posted one year ago
      1. ;) Posted one year ago
  5. Wow! very well captured! Posted one year ago
    1. Thnx Marta. Posted one year ago

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The Devil's coach-horse beetle is a species of beetle belonging to the large family of the rove beetles. It was originally included in the genus ''Staphylinus'' in 1764, and some authors and biologists still use this classification.

Similar species: Beetles
Species identified by Paul Dirksen
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Uploaded Nov 15, 2020. Captured Nov 15, 2020 11:16 in Scherpenzeelseweg, 3956 Leersum, Netherlands.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • f/13.0
  • 1/83s
  • ISO1600
  • 100mm