I would really appreciate it if anyone could identify this beetle (not sure) that I found crawling into my house last night. It was midnight, warm evening in May in North-West England. It was about 15mm long. Thanks Norma
Well it's not exactly a beetle. It's The Woodlouse Spider Dysdera crocata famous for having enormous fangs that can pierce the tough carapace of woodlice. Not quite as cuddly as a beetle I'm afraid, pretty harmless unless manhandled though.
I feel I should mention the bite of these little ones can be quite a punch - from bee sting feel with itchiness for a few days in most, with nasty ulceration in a very small handful.. though if the british variety/ies were that much trouble - we'd know about it already I'm sure!! But if you have any kitties or poochies who would take an interest in carpet crawlies.. I'd put the little critter out