The devil’s coach horse is a nocturnal predator. It feeds on:
- other invertebrates such as
How the beetle feeds:
- Exceptionally large mandibles (jaws) crush and cut the prey.
- This is then chewed and shaped into a ball-shaped mass (bolus).
- The bolus passes through the digestive tract and is eventually secreted from the foregut.
- Once liquefied, the food is finally digested
UK distribution map of Ocypus olens. Red squares represent 10km squares in which the species is present. © NBN Gateway