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Devil's Coach Horse Beetle

Ocypus olens


Black armored beetle. 1.5 to 2 inches long. Completely dull black with no markings. Raises its tail like a scorpion when threatened.


Native to Europe. Invasive to US. This one was in Portland, Oregon. It was in my garden, on the first rain of September after a long dry spell.


Warning: This beetle has a painful bite and can shoot smelly liquid from its tail. They eat snails and slugs.

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Katie Indie Gee
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Katie Indie Gee

Portland, Oregon, USA

Spotted on Sep 10, 2017
Submitted on Sep 10, 2017

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