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Subject: What’s this black ant beetle bug?
Location: Peekskill, NY
October 11, 2013 4:24 am
What oh what is this curious bug? My daughter and I discovered it while heading out on a nature walk. It is the size of a quarter. I was on one side of its wooden perch and my daughter was on the other side. The bug slowly turned its head towards me, then my daughter, then back to me… It was creepy! Never seen this bug before and I’d like to know what it is.
Thank you!
Signature: Casey Nugent

Oil Beetle

Oil Beetle

Hi Casey,
This is an Oil Beetle in the genus Meloe, one of the Blister Beetles.  The modified antennae indicate that this is a male Oil Beetle, according to BugGuide.

What's That Bug? does not endorse extermination
Location: Peekskill, New York

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