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Help me identify this creepy bug?

  • 30-08-2011 9:47pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 192 ✭✭ rafaetha


    Hi all, I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this, but I hope you can help me identify this little fecker. Wife jumped in panic when she saw it in the bathroom. I live in a ground floor apartment.

    Is this bug a nester or do you think it got lost from the garden outside and ended up wandering in my bathroom?

    Thank you.

    Image of the late bug here (click to enlarge): creepybug.th.jpg


Comments

  • Registered Users Posts: 252 ✭✭ theparish


    Looks like an earwig,but I ain't no entomologist.:confused:


  • Registered Users Posts: 27,430 ✭✭✭✭ steddyeddy


    I think its an upside down earwig. You can see its pincers at the back.


  • Registered Users Posts: 192 ✭✭ rafaetha


    Someone suggested it could be a devil's coach-horse beetle. What are your thoughts on that? I'm a complete ignorant in terms of insects, but after googling both the earwig and the devil's coach-horse beetle I'm still confused.

    Do either of these bugs bite? My other half is afraid now. Should I be concerned about maybe having more hidden in the bathroom - and how do i get rid of them?

    Thanks!


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 5,279 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Adam Khor


    Those are some wicked mandibles... I don´t think it's an earwig. It looks like one but I've never seen earwigs with such big mandibles- it reminds me a lot of a predatory beetle (mind you, not saying that's what it is).
    Of course, it could be some kind of predatory earwig I have no idea about.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,874 EGAR


    It is a Devil's Coach-Horse (Ocypus olens) - quite a common beetle with a *fierce* look. If threatened it straightens it's legs and lifts up his end like a scorpion. They are quite harmless beetles who can grow up to a little bit over an inch.

    200px-Coach_Horse.jpg


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  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 5,279 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Adam Khor


    EGAR wrote: »
    It is a Devil's Coach-Horse (Ocypus olens) - quite a common beetle with a *fierce* look. If threatened it straightens it's legs and lifts up his end like a scorpion. They are quite harmless beetles who can grow up to a little bit over an inch.

    200px-Coach_Horse.jpg

    Haha! I knew about this bug! It's in a book I have. :D Can´t believe I didn´t remember the name.
    Yep. Predatory beetle, like I said. I'm so awesome it hurts :cool: XD


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,720 Sid_Justice


    should have asked in the nature and bird watching forum, that's a very easy to identify beetle


  • Registered Users Posts: 192 ✭✭ rafaetha


    should have asked in the nature and bird watching forum, that's a very easy to identify beetle

    In fact i did ask there too, wasn't sure of the right forum though so asked here first. :)


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