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Dhamaka says:

indeed!
at just less than 3 cm he was ready to attack me!

10th Oct 2007, 20:27

Carpe says:

This takes me back.. Not a clue what they are called but used to see them regularly in my mothers back garden!
I recall they always came in pairs.. Black smudge on the bottom of your shoe perhaps ?

10th Oct 2007, 21:01

taniwha says:

yikes. I think it flew out of a david Cronenberg movie

10th Oct 2007, 21:11

beth says:

I know what it is..

IT'S SCARY!!!

10th Oct 2007, 21:14

Dhamaka says:

Beth - I'm with you there
Carpe - a relief to know it's native
Hotdog - on a walk by the woods

10th Oct 2007, 21:23

ookiine says:

RUN FOR YOUR LIFE! IT'S AN ALIEN!!!!

10th Oct 2007, 23:03

Spiderbaby says:

Ooh! According to Collins gem guide to insects this beast is the Devil's Coach-horse (Staphylinus olens)! According to the book it is a rove beetle that is fairly common and 'emerges at night to hunt a variety of invertebrates' including a good number of slugs.

10th Oct 2007, 23:13

Dhamaka says:

that's brilliant Spiderbaby - thank you!

10th Oct 2007, 23:29

Euphro says:

Spiderbaby beat me to it. That's a devil's coach horse alright, big cousin of the thrips or thunderflies you get in warm weather in the summer. I think that they can also squirt foul-smelling liquid, although I've never experienced it :) [edit] yes, Wikipedia confirms it

10th Oct 2007, 23:34

Spiderbaby says:

Wow! That's some big brother thunderfly! Or sister perhaps - abdomen is more pointy than the one in my book, though there is no gender specified on the drawing. Hmmm.

10th Oct 2007, 23:36

dazzawilliams (darren-dot-r-dot-williams-at-gmail-dot-com) says:

Its a Devils Coach Horse (in the uk anyway). Dont know it latin name.

Not poisonous (but I am not an expert :) although it does nip apparently. Usually too small to do any damage but if you meet a 6 foot specimen ....... :)


11th Oct 2007, 00:12

Dhamaka says:

thank you
I kept an eye out and this was the only one but it was daytime so maybe its partner was asleep

11th Oct 2007, 00:15

Caine says:

Spiderbaby beat me to it. Fantastic looking critters, aren't they? Great capture, D.

11th Oct 2007, 00:26

Dhamaka says:

thanks Caine - quite scary!

11th Oct 2007, 00:29

Sprocket says:

EEK! Does he have a paintbrush for a bum? Looks like it.

11th Oct 2007, 05:51

looker says:

OK that would be one good reason to look forward to winter!!

11th Oct 2007, 07:51

Dhamaka says:

:)

Sprocket - more like a charcoal burner's pencil

Looker - ...... now I hear they eat slugs I'm wondering whether to go back, find him and a mate and transport them to my rooftop garden.

11th Oct 2007, 09:05

seaneeboy says:

Jaysis.

11th Oct 2007, 10:54

Dhamaka says:

Angel - he was quite big enough for me
Sean - indeed

11th Oct 2007, 11:34

silar31 says:

Wow! Don't know how I missed this one, what a lovely bug! Glad folks stepped up with an ID....think once we're moved I'm getting a UK bug guide too, since I see so many good bug pics here on moblog:uk. :D

11th Oct 2007, 19:01

midlife says:

Don't pick it up.

12th Oct 2007, 00:43

Dhamaka says:

Boet - you guys are only next door, I should imagine we have similar insects

Midlife - Jam jars are wonderful insect-transporting things but I don't have the time to go back and search for them anyway

Silar - good to see you. Hope the new job's going well

12th Oct 2007, 11:48

JokerXL says:

WoW!
Scary thing!
I hate bugs.

13th Oct 2007, 18:14

Dhamaka says:

:)

14th Oct 2007, 02:06

peterpiper says:

Just caught two in my lounge tonight. i thought they were scoripans at first. google it to a devils coach horse beetle, thank god.

17th Oct 2007, 23:31

EVILMINK269 says:

I call it ICK and consider you lucky you escaped its dreaded smelly stench!

18th Oct 2007, 01:57

Dhamaka says:

:)

18th Oct 2007, 10:07

Kostika says:

What a great name.

18th Oct 2007, 10:40