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What is this insect? Looks bad.

I find them scurrying by the water butt and somehow getting into a bucket which is where this one was.
I was thinking earwig but his tail isn’t as pincer like 


  • wild edgeswild edges The north west of south east WalesPosts: 7,549
    Rove beetle. One of the garden good guys that predate on pests.
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  • DovefromaboveDovefromabove Central Norfolk UKPosts: 77,479
    I think that's a Devil's Coach horse beetle ... the gardener's friend  ... they eat slugs
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  • herbaceousherbaceous E. BerksPosts: 2,278
    Rove beetle, definitely.
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  • IlikeplantsIlikeplants W Mids Posts: 756
    Oh wow, they look mean but are helpful. I’ll look out for them and put them on the veg patch next time to catch some slugs hopefully.
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