Devil’s Coach Horse

Subject: Bug?
Location: west Lothian, Scotland
August 9, 2016 10:31 am
Hi I was wondering if you could tell me what this insect is I seen in my garden, never seen 1 before till this. Thanks
Signature: L a ramsay

Devil's Coach Horse
Devil’s Coach Horse

Dear L a ramsay,
This is a Rove Beetle commonly called a Devil’s Coach Horse.  When disturbed, it will curl up its abdomen like a scorpion and release a foul smell from scent glands.  The Devil’s Coach Horse has been introduced into Southern California and it is now well established in western North America where it feeds on introduced snails and slugs.

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