Devil's Coach Horse - Ocypus olens


A large rove beetle with extended exposed abdomen covered by hardened plates and composed of 8 segments. Uniformly black body covered in fine, black hairs (setae). Shortened wing cases (elytra) which cover the thorax, concealing a folded second pair of wings which enable flight.

Identification difficulty

This beetle is found in damp conditions in most natural environments including: woodland, hedgerows, parks and gardens, where it relies on decaying natural matter.

When to see it

April to October.

Life History

Like most other rove beetles it is fast moving and capable of flight, though it is rarely seen flying.

UK Status

Fairly frequent and widespread in Britain.

VC55 Status

Fairly frequent in Leicestershire and Rutland. There were a total of 171 VC55 records for this species up to March 2015.

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Leicestershire & Rutland Map


Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

UK Map