Bloody-nosed Beetle (Timarcha tenebricosa)

The Bloody- nosed Beetle is a large, flightless beetle that can be found in grassland and heathland during the Spring and Summer months.  The beetle gets its name from its defensive behavior of exuding a bright red fluid from its mouth.  As well as providing a visual deterrent, the fluid is foul- tasting and puts of birds and other would- be predators from potentially feeding on the beetle.