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The Devil's Coach-horse

Got one of these in your house? If not, why not? The Devil's Coach-horse is a harmless beetle that often seeks shelter in people's houses. Treat it kindly (as I did this one today).
Picture added on 30 September 2010 at 22:47
yuk looks minging
Anonymous comment added on 01 October 2010
I've had a couple come into my house, however they are not harmless, they can bite and spray a horrid smelling liquid. Just to let you know!
They are quite possibly, the biggest, ugliest beetles i have ever seen.
Added by N. Muir on 04 October 2010
Thanks N Muir. Yes they can give you a bit of a nip if you let them, and they can emit a bad smell from the whitish tail-tip organs you can just about make out in my photo. But they can do humans only the mildest of harm, and then only if seriously provoked. Their first instinct is to run and hide, but I rather like the way they'll stand their ground and defend themselves if you persist in annoying them. The one in my pic didn't like my camera lens coming so close, but no Devil's Coach-horses were harmed in the making of this film.
Added by Ian Hourston on 05 October 2010
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