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Oil beetle

Meloe sp.


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


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


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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West Virginia, USA

Lat: 39.01, Long: -79.52

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

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