Large Bug in MA
This was taken in Gardner, MA and I’ve never seen one of these
before. What is it??

Hi Lori,
It is definitely a Blister Beetle in the family Meloidae,
but we are not certain of the genus. It looks most like the
Oil Beetles in the genus Meloe, and there is one image on
that looks quite close. We will see if Eric Eaton can assist.

One Response to Blister Beetle

  1. jeremy says:

    I have lots of these bugs around my back porch almost always around my wood in the same spot. As soon as the weather warms up just a little bit they start coming out.(around march). By lots I mean a couple a day. At first I thought they were some sort of ant. A little research proved me wrong, should I be concerned at all for any reason? I have never seen them before moving here.(south west Michigan)

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