Devil's Coach Horse Ocypus olens (Müller, O.F., 1764)
Known more commonly as Rove Beetles, the Devil's Coach Horse Ocypus olens is the largest of the Staphylinidae family. Measuring well over an inch long, it is a familiar and imposing species which will bite if provoked. There are over 1000 species of Staphylinidae in the UK, most are scavengers and can be found in a variety of sites. They generally inhabit underneath logs, leaf litter and other decaying matter and are good fliers.
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This full grown larva was found at Warsop Main Pit Top in April 2010 and was as aggressive as it looks. On being picked up or even touched, it immediately adopted a distinctive defensive posture.
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Nottinghamshire (VC56) distribution of Ocypus olens
 
 
 
 
The records for the Nottinghamshire distribution map are currently provided by the following contributors - Richard Rogers. Trevor and Dilys Pendleton. Darren Matthews. Tim Sexton. Netherfield Wildlife Group. Nottinghamshire Wildlife Trust. Wil Heeney. Stuart Warrington. The National Trust (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Allan and Annette Binding (Clumber Park invertebrate records). Wil Heeney.

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Updated February 2017

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