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I saw this beetle in woodland in Scotland last week - does anyone know what the name of this beetle is?
I wondered if it was similar to a Devils Coach Horse as it raised it's back when I stopped to take a photo of it!
This is a species of Platydracus, probably Platydracus stercorarius.
It is one of the rove beetles (in the family Staphylinidae), and as such it is a relative of the devil's coach horse - you were close.
Good info, including distribution map near the end of the page
One of many other pages with photos of it
There are similar species, eg. Platydracus flavopunctatus and Othius punctulatus, but P. stercorarius seems to be a good match to your specimen.
Thank you for your help Mike, that's brilliant! I'll have a read of the links.