Subject: gaahhh. a strange bug
Location: Portland Oregon
September 25, 2012 11:10 pm
hi there bugman. we found this bug on our concrete patio behind our house.
It’s about 1 1/2” long and quite peculiar to us.
We found him (er.. her?!) just after dark in Portland Oregon on Sept 24th.
Joey, as my daughter calls him, hasn’t stung anyone, but seems to have a nice set on his backside.
He’s now residing comfortably, perhaps, under a glass jar.
We’d love to hear your thoughts!
~tom and Lucy
Signature: Bugman Extroadinaire!
Dear tom and Lucy,
Joey is a Devil’s Coach Horse, a species of Rove Beetle that is native to Europe, but established in North America prior to 1930. It is a harmless beetle that uses a defensive threat posture of curling its abdomen over its head.