Name: Devil's Coach Horse
Scientific name: Staphylinus olens
Nature Stars: 40
About: A common beetle of gardens, often found under stones and in compost heaps where it is a voracious predator. The Devil's Coach Horse is all black, about 2cm long with a characteristically cocked tail.
How to identify: A member of the rove beetle family, of which there are more than 1000 species in Britain! The devil's coach horse is a medium sized, long, narrow black beetle with large jaws, shortish legs and very short wing cases.
Fantastic fact: Rove beetles are one of the most diverse families of animals on the planet: there are at least 46,000 specis described so far, with many more undiscovered!
Photograph credit: Ken-ichi Ueda