Ocypus olens is a beneficial insect. Its diet ensures that organic matter is broken down and nutrients are returned to the food chain and the soil.

This beetle does not have conservation status in the UK. It is an example of a species successfully exploiting an ecological niche. 

Its place as a dominant insect predator are ensured by:

  • non-specific habitat requirements
  • a diverse and plentiful food source

However, we must ensure that habitats continue to exist for this beetle species to survive successfully. This means conserving natural spaces, and where they don't exist, building a beetle refuge.

Essential habitat requirements:

  • dead wood
  • leaf litter
View a beetle refuge and find out from the Wildlife Trusts how to build one