When I was at Hembury Woods the other day I found a Devil’s Coach Horse beetle. I haven’t seen one for years but do remember them distinctly from my youth. The Devil’s Coach Horse is a type of rove beetle.
Fortunately it didn’t happen to me but they can also exude a foul smelly substance when provoked. They tend to feed on other invertebrates such as woodlice and worms.
Here is the national distribution of the Devil’s Coach Horse – according to this it has only been recorded in Devon in the Plym Valley area – new record for Hembury maybe?