30 Jun 2023

Critter of the Week: the devil's coach horse beetle

From the collecton Critter of the Week

This week’s critter is the devil’s coach horse beetle, Creophilus oculatus. Despite its ominous common name, this beetle is a helpful member of our corpse fauna - a group that includes all the different animals that recycle the dead. If you’re a keen trapper, you might have come across these beetles on dead rats or stoats.

Devil’s coach horse beetle

Devil’s coach horse beetle Photo: supplied