I’ve only really started looking at beetles properly this year, tricky group of rascals that they are. Me and Robert saw what was probably a Devil’s Coach Horse near Beacon Ponds earlier this year, but I didn’t obtain pictures and so couldn’t confirm it.
However, after I finished at school today, a trio of kids came and brought me one they’d found in the school greenhouse. I was able to confirm it as a definite Ocypus olens. It was nice to able to bring it home and obtain the following mediocre image:
This now brings my beetle list to an underwhelming 31. Though, in my defence, I have seen many more beetles that I just cannot identify to species level.