Devil's Coach Horse

Small bug with scorpian curled tail
Location: Spain
November 30, 2011 9:51 am
Are you able to identify this bug that crawled out of my slipper…. it looks like it could sting and small wings on its tail???
Signature: Hazel

Devil's Coach Horse

Hello Hazel,
This frightening but harmless creature is a species of Rove Beetle that is native to Europe, but which has naturalized in many parts of North America where it is called a Devil’s Coach Horse.

That is ever so kind of you to reply and let me know, I shall let the poor thing free now. Thank you again for your quick response.

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  1. Hi! I am a student at the University of Wisconsin La Crosse. In my Organismal Biology class we are required to create a website on a type of insect. Because of copyright issues, permission must be obtained from the original source in order for us to use the images that we will put on our webpage. The page we create will be viewable to the public as part of a larger project at The website will have nothing to do with my school. The image that I would like to use is the one on this page with the title: Devil’s Coach Horse. If you could please reply letting me know if it is okay if we post this picture on our website that would be great! Your time is appreciated.



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