Big green bug
Location: Auburn, NJ
March 19, 2011 7:27 am
I left a bucket by my flower garden overnight. It’s crocus blooming time here in Salem County, NJ This guy was in the bottom next day when I went out.
I’ve assumed itis a beetle, just by size. Though his head is so big, like a giant ant. Has a sort of metallic green/grey/blue color, though some ashes I’d hauled in same bucket gave him a dusting of white specks.
I have no clue. Have been browsing through guides all morning, but nothing quite matches up. And though I have lived here all my life, never saw one quite like him before.
Any ideas? Appreciate your help.
This is a Blister Beetle in the genus Meloe, a group collectively called Oil Beetles. They should be handled with caution as they might cause blistering to the skin.
Wow, that was fast! Thank you so much. No, I wasn’t going to dare touch it directly, not knowing what it was, regardless. I looked at the link you sent and see clearly what I’d missed in my browsing this morning. Wondering now if this population is part of the bee decline in recent years? I see more wild than honey bees now than previously, though they seem to be making a gradual comeback.
Pleased me to see Carolus Linneaus mentioned as being the first to describe it correctly back in 1758. His student, Peter Kalm actually lived nearby here, in Swedesboro for awhile, sent many native specimens over to Linnaeus in Sweden. I’ll pass this link along to my friends at the Swedish Colonial Society. Maybe they’d consider it as a mascot? Ok, just kidding, but still, very cool.
I also shared the link to your site on facebook . You’re providing a great service for those of us who may lack the scientific background, but with digital photography, and access to the web, coupled with plenty of curiosity ….could be I’ll be back again.