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    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 9th Jul 17, 8:04 PM
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    What kind of insect is this?
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    • 9th Jul 17, 8:04 PM
    What kind of insect is this? 9th Jul 17 at 8:04 PM
    Saw what looked like a giant beetle but with spiders legs. Any idea what it is? Seems to be hiding (along with spiders) in my storage cupboard in hall.
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    • Gloomendoom
    • By Gloomendoom 9th Jul 17, 8:42 PM
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    Cockroach?
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    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 9th Jul 17, 8:57 PM
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    • 9th Jul 17, 8:57 PM
    I hope not, though looked like a spiders legs with a beetle shell just a beetle size of spider.


    Worried a bit now.
    • DaftyDuck
    • By DaftyDuck 9th Jul 17, 9:18 PM
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    • 9th Jul 17, 9:18 PM
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    • 9th Jul 17, 9:18 PM
    How many legs? If it had six, it was a spider that had two legs stolen. If it had eight, it was the leg-thief beetle.

    Both are deadly. Luckily, they only hunt each other!
    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 10th Jul 17, 1:53 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 1:53 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 1:53 PM
    Im thinking it is a cockroach, I felt something crawl on my back about 10 minutes ago and grabbed it and chucked it, and whe it was upside down it looked like bent legs and scuttering type.
    • Grenage
    • By Grenage 10th Jul 17, 2:17 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 2:17 PM
    Now it's got your scent.
    • wealdroam
    • By wealdroam 10th Jul 17, 3:47 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 3:47 PM
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    • 10th Jul 17, 3:47 PM
    Saw what looked like a giant beetle but with spiders legs. Any idea what it is? Seems to be hiding (along with spiders) in my storage cupboard in hall.
    Originally posted by dekaspace
    A picture would help.
    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 11th Jul 17, 9:41 PM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 9:41 PM
    A picture would help.
    Originally posted by wealdroam
    I did think that but both times it was too quick for me to get picture but got one just before I left.



    • TheCyclingProgrammer
    • By TheCyclingProgrammer 11th Jul 17, 10:47 PM
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    • 11th Jul 17, 10:47 PM
    Was it a stag beetle?
    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 12th Jul 17, 12:46 AM
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    From what I remember when I saw it it looks the most likely if so wow! Didn't realise they were an endangered species, and seems quite impressive how I live near Glasgow and they are meant to be rare if not extinct up here.
    • Davesnave
    • By Davesnave 12th Jul 17, 7:10 AM
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    ....seems quite impressive how I live near Glasgow and they are meant to be rare if not extinct up here.
    Originally posted by dekaspace
    Seems to me those facts point to it not being a Stag beetle!

    In fact, I'd rule Stag beetles out.

    The dark picture refuses to be tweaked to reveal much more, but from what's there, I couldn't find evidence of the long antennae typical of cockroaches.
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    • andrewf75
    • By andrewf75 12th Jul 17, 9:59 AM
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    Its definitely not a stag beetle
    Most likely a cockroach of some sort but doesn't look quite right
    • teneighty
    • By teneighty 12th Jul 17, 11:42 AM
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    We get a lot of stag beetles here, they are slow ponderous things that tend to freeze when startled.

    My money is on cockroach.
    • Pittingdon
    • By Pittingdon 12th Jul 17, 12:36 PM
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    We are just coming out of stag beetle season - they are wonderful creatures. Cockroaches on the other hand .............
    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 12th Jul 17, 1:31 PM
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    We get a lot of stag beetles here, they are slow ponderous things that tend to freeze when startled.

    My money is on cockroach.
    Originally posted by teneighty
    When I first saw it it was moving at a crawl reminded me of a turtle.

    Second time wasn't that it zipped off as much as it landed next to my tv desk so went under it, it moves about like a fly on a window/tv moving a few steps and stopping.

    Didn't see any antenna on it either, it from pictures I have seen online is either a female stag beetle or a lesser stag as that fits my memory perfect.
    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 15th Jul 17, 1:02 AM
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    I got back from my trip away and no sign of it, but saw a large normal beetle in my living room, not the same one as this was smaller.
    • Apodemus
    • By Apodemus 15th Jul 17, 7:33 AM
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    It's just a standard black beetle, next time you catch him just throw him out the window!

    Or if you prefer, wallow in your paranoia and enjoy the night terrors that it is going to creep up on you, crawl into your ear and munch your brain away.
    • Sicard
    • By Sicard 15th Jul 17, 8:43 AM
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    Or if you've got a compost bin put it in there and it'll eat all the flies.
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    • dekaspace
    • By dekaspace 16th Jul 17, 4:19 PM
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    It's just a standard black beetle, next time you catch him just throw him out the window!

    Or if you prefer, wallow in your paranoia and enjoy the night terrors that it is going to creep up on you, crawl into your ear and munch your brain away.
    Originally posted by Apodemus

    I am autistic so get educated and stop being ignorant.
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