Devil’s Coach-horse beetle by tinley23

Devil’s Coach-horse beetle

These are huge! I was in Oxfordshire today looking after my granddaughter and saw a few of these. We don’t seem to have them further north. Jet black with gold wings, and turned up it’s tail like a scorpion when we got close.
Great shot... I'm not sure I would have gotten too close!
September 8th, 2020  
Great close up! Not seen them around here.
September 8th, 2020  
how interesting
September 8th, 2020  
sure we used to have them in Staffs - but not huge and no gold wings - so perhaps not the same thing! must google ...
September 8th, 2020  
Oh my goodness, how ugly and lovely at the same time. Nice close up!
September 8th, 2020  
What a handsome bug
September 8th, 2020  
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Nice photo, although I'd rather not meet!
September 8th, 2020  
Beautiful close up.
September 8th, 2020  
Fabulous find and close up.
September 9th, 2020  
@kvphoto @carole_sandford @koalagardens @anniesue @bubblequeen @30pics4jackiesdiamond @g3xbm @pyrrhula @ludwigsdiana Thank you all. It was almost 3cm long and I must admit the wings were beautifully golden. It's a bit of a fearsome creature with powerful mandibles apparently. This one was in my son's house in Oxfordshire, so I picked it up and took it outside. We found a couple more on our walk later. There is a small stream that runs close to the houses so that might attract them. It does make me shiver when I look at it though.
September 9th, 2020  
Great close up. This is a very popular beetle. He likes nightlife and that's why we rarely meet him. It must have been blowing hard and it fell off the trees.
September 9th, 2020  
It doesn't look too friendly.
September 10th, 2020  
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