Devils Coach Horse – Staphylinus olens – Lode

Devil’s coach horse


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

2 thoughts on “Devils Coach Horse – Staphylinus olens – Lode

  1. These were quite placid until I moved my finger closer to get them to react for a photo , and I have picked them up in the past and never been bitten .. so I think out in the open they are defensive 🙂

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