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big black one in Wyoming
Dear Bugman,
I saw this amazing, tireless creature on the my front porch, and delayed her so I could take some pictures. Our house is on 12 acres outside Cheyenne, Wyoming, and we have Aspen and Blue Spruce in our yard, although most of the land around us is grassy prairie. The bug was about 1.5 inches long and leathery. It looked like a very tough, very big, very pregnant ant to me. Thanks for your assistance in identifying it.
Ellen Davis

Hi Ellen,
These could well be the finest photos of an Oil Beetle, Meloe angusticollis, one of the Blister Beetles, that we have ever received.

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2 Responses to Oil Beetle

  1. N. L. says:

    Thanks for posting this – I live in Northern Colorado and have never seen one of these – And I pay attention to insects. VERY cool. I thought it was an Ant queen. Thank god it didn’t get pissed at me I was playing with it. LOL….

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