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P1050682 Devils coachhorse type beetle

Observed: 22nd September 2013 By: peterexley
P1050682
Description:

Found this in my conservatory - about 18-20mm long, fast running. When approached, it curled its abdomen up, just like a devil's coach horse beetle. But doesn't look like one to me. Any ideas? The photo shows tip of the abdoment pointing straight up at you.

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Was the abdomen all black or did it have whitish markings thereon ?

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Either Staphylinus caesareus

Either Staphylinus caesareus or S. dimidiaticornis. I think the latter as there is no obvious yellow on the temples.