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I live in central Scotland and each year we are seeing more and more of this beetle in our garden.
Devil's coach-horse (Ocypus Olens) It is the fully fledged adults we are seeing and they are over
an inch in length.
This year however we are finding them in our home. I can only remember seeing one in our house
in the past ten years however recently we have seen six in as many days.
I feel this is unusual and wonder if anyone can help explain why we are now seeing them appear
indoors in such numbers and what can be done to deter them.
My wife is none too keen on them due to their aggressive scorpion like stance when she tries to
remove them. The last one squirted a black liquid when picked up.
They look nasty and they are nasty! Be careful, Devil's Coach Horse has big, powerful jaws, easily capable of penetrating the human skin causing a painful bite. See information here: http://www.gardensafari.net/en_picpages/staphylinus_olens.htm