Olisthopus rotundatus (Cavenham Heath NR)

 

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Devils Coach Horse – Staphylinus olens – Lode

Devil’s coach horse

Insect

Staphylinus olens

The Devil’s coach horse is a long, black beetle with short elytra (wing cases). At first glance you could mistake it for an earwig.

A nocturnal predator, this beetle lives in and around decaying matter. During the day it tends to rest among leaf litter or under stones. Females lay their eggs in the soil, and these hatch into carnivorous larvae…. RSPB

Down but not out !

I watched this hornet being taken out by a guard hornet at the nest , I have no idea why whether it was an intruder I don’t know. Both fell to the floor one flew of and this one I put on a log out the damp grass thinking it had been stung and was dying but actually after about 10 minutes it started to come back around and eventually flew off.

Polydesmus angustus (lode walk)

Description
It is up to 25 mm long and 4 mm wide, and has about 20 segments. This is a flattened, brownish millipede with off-white legs.
Similar Species
There are several very similar species which can only be confidently identified using a key and a microscope or good lens.
Habitat
Gardens and woodland, often found in dead wood, compost heaps and leaf litter.
When to see it
All year round.
Life History
Normally feeding on dead leaves and other rotting material, but also fond of soft fruit such as Strawberries.
UK Status
Widespread and common in Britain… naturespot

Myrmica rubra (lode walk)

Distribution
Locally common all over the British Isles. It occurs in almost all of Europe and Palaearctic Asia.

Status (in Britain only)
Common. The species is not regarded as scarce or threatened.

Habitat
Prefers sunny, warm, damp habitats such as meadows and river banks but found in most open urban and agricultural areas, woodland edges, parks and gardens. Rarely found in hot, dry, sparsely vegatated areas.

Flight period
Nuptial flights usually occur during August and September.

Foraging behaviour
They feed on honeydew from aphids and scale insects and drink nectar from flowers. They are aggressive and sting freely.

Nesting biology
Nests are in the ground, in tufts of grass, under stones and in rotten wood. Colonies are usually polygynous with an average of 15 queens and a thousand workers or more…. BWARS