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Oil beetle

Meloe sp.

Description:

Male and female mating. One of several pairs found during mid-day in this location.

Habitat:

Closely-mowed lawn surrounded by mixed hardwoods, central Appalachian Mountains.

Notes:

Do NOT attempt to handle these insects if found. They secrete a strongly irritating substance from joints in their exoskeleton. This is why they are known as "blister beetles." The name "oil beetle' comes from the oily appearance of these secretions.

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Doren B
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Doren B

West Virginia, USA

Spotted on Oct 13, 2014
Submitted on Oct 25, 2014

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