Devil’s Coach-horse

Ocypus olens


Body length 23 - 28mm. The largest Rove Beetle. It is completely black and commonly arches its abdomen and opens its jaws in a threat display.


Damp areas in woodlands or hedgerows where they feed on slugs, worms and other invertebrates. The larvae develop in leaf litter and loose damp soil and also feed on invertebrates.

Status and distribution

It is common and widespread throughout much of England and Wales, becoming less common further north and in Scotland. Common in Nottinghamshire and at Netherfield Lagoons.

Best time to see

April to October.