Is this an ant queen?
Location: Mérida, Spain
April 30, 2011 11:47 am
My daughter took a photo of this beastie when on a school trip. What is it? an ant queen? seems unlikely as they did not find it with other ants or in a nest. it doesn’t seem to have wings. What is it?
This beauty is not an ant, but a beetle, a Red Striped Oil Beetle, Berberomeloe majalis, one of the Blister Beetles. We have several contributions from Spain, including this one.
Thanks!, she will now be able to greatly impress the teacher Monday morning!