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