Bloody-nosed Beetles

I know autumn is on the way when I see these strange little creatures crawling around our house and garden…

Bloody-nosed Beetle (Tatzenkäfer)

Timarcha tenebricosa

Every year they climb the walls of the house…

Struggle up (and down) steps…

And try (usually in vain) to get into our home. (Although they do make it into the garage!)

The first year we saw them, we tried to rescue some to safer areas away from feet, doors or car tyres, and to our horror they started bleeding at the slightest touch! (Thus the name!) Then we looked them up and found they are not injured, but exude a red toxic fluid as a defence mechanism. “Reflex bleeding” occurs in many types of beetle, including ladybirds… in their case a yellowish-brown substance is released.

So, now I just let them go whichever way they want!