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American Oil Beetle

Meloe americanus


Sluggish or flightless, American oil beetles can be found crawling on the ground or feeding on buttercups. They occur in a variety of habitats, including deciduous woodlands and mixed forests. Adults are active year-round but are most common on spring days. Larvae lie in wait on flowers, latch onto visiting bees, and hitchhike back to the nest, where they feed on bee larvae. dull or slightly shiny black, sometimes with metallic blue reflections, short, overlappiing elytra expos bloated abdomen (7 - 17 mm) Family meloidae


Range: Southern Ontario, Nebraska south to Texas and east to Connecticut and Gulf coast states.

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Versailles, Kentucky, USA

Spotted on Apr 25, 2013
Submitted on Apr 30, 2013

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