Can anyone identify this beetle that I found crawling quick across the kitchen floor? It's around 1.25 inches in length, I have kept it in a jar overnight and when I opened it this morning there was a very unpleasant smell from inside the jar. I know that it isn't ladybird larvae because they are a lot smaller and have different markings, but I hope that someone can help, we have never seen anything like this before.
We are in the south-west of Scotland and have had a wet summer. Many thanks!
It is a Sexton Beetle. They eat and bury small dead birds and mammals so that may explain the smell. Don't worry about them though.
Hope this Helps.
Many thanks for you all for your replies. I have since found info and pictures of a similar Jewel Beetle, Castiarina bremei and vicina on other websites which look identical to this one. However, these appear to be found in Australia, is the Sexton Beetle the UK equivalent?
Many thanks for all your help.
Looks like one of the Sexton or burying beetles (Nicrophorus) to me, but the pic is pretty small, there are a few very similar species and I'm not enough of an expert!
I expect someone else will be a bit more accurate though?
I have since managed to find some information on this beetle and it would appear to be one of the castiarine bremei or Jewel Beetle.
However, it looks as if they are prevalent in Austrialia? Are they common in the UK, we are in south-west Scotland. Help please!
Hi, many thanks to you all for the information on this large beetle. We have now released him in a neighbouring field!
Let's hope he doesn't come back inside the house again.
Thread now closed - many thanks!