Subject: black beauty
Location: Toronto, Ontario, Canada
October 25, 2014 7:49 pm
This black beauty was photographed today, Oct 25 in a ravine in Toronto, Ontario Canada. It was about 1-1/14″ long and moving steadily through a grassy area. We thought it looked like it was full of eggs or something since its abdomen was so huge compared to the head and thorax.
Signature: anne murphy
This distinctive insect is an Oil Beetle, a species of Blister Beetle in the genus Meloe. According to BugGuide: “Males smaller than females, with modified antennae” and several images of the modified antennae are included. Your close-up image of the Oil Beetle’s head appear to show the modified antennae, so though you suspected this to be a gravid female, we believe it is a male Oil Beetle.
Thank you so much Daniel! I am so glad you could identify that insect. Now I’ll look it up and learn more about it. So, the female would be even bigger. Wow! Hope we come across one some day. Thanks again.