Posted by: rosanneguille | March 27, 2010

Devil's coach-horse beetle

On the lane leading to Greve de la Ville, in bright sunshine, I found this and other coach-horse beetles in among the new spring foliage.  Known for raising it’s abdomen and it’s jaws when threatened, it can give a painful bite with its strong pincer-like jaws but unlike the scorpion it has no sting.  It is a member of the large Rove Beetle family and their scientific name, Olens means ‘smelling’ due to the fact it can also emit a strong odour to ward off any predators.

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