Thursday, 24 July 2008

Ocypus species

This beetle was hiding under a piece of log in the garden yesterday. It was quite long – about 25mm – and very fast. It is one of the 13 British species within the genus Ocypus which includes the Devil’s Coach-Horse. Despite my constantly moving it about to try to get a photo it didn’t seem threatened at all and consequently didn’t adopt the body waving posture that Ocypus species often do.

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