Pincher bug family?
Location: Northern California
June 4, 2011 4:06 pm
My son discovered this bug while playing in the backyard today. It seems to be 2 to 3 times the size of a normal pincher bug and would raise its rear when prodded. What is this bug?
This is one of our favorite insects, a non-native Rove Beetle that has been introduced to California from Europe that is commonly called a Devil’s Coach Horse. It is not dangerous. They are one of the few insects that will feed on snails. Your letter will post live to our site next week.