Friday, September 27, 2013

Devil's Coach Horse Beetle

Ocypus olens
This fascinating looking insect was found walking across the road in front of the Peacock Cafe. It is a type of beetle known as a 'Rove' beetle. This particular species (Ocypus olens ), is a European native that was introduced to Los Angeles sometime in the early part of the 20th century. They feed on snails, slugs, earthworms and other invertebrates  If you see one here at the Arboretum please enjoy it from affar, although they don't sting they are rumored to have the ability to use their powerful front pincers to deliver a rather painful bite.

Defensive posture of Ocypus olens, see those pincers! They gonna bite ya. 
Ocypus olens in a more relaxed state. 

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