Subject: Mystery beetle or queen of the ants?
September 26, 2015 4:32 pm
This bug was found crawling on the ground in our backyard in Connecticut. The front half looks very ant like but the abdomen was huge in proportion. It had little pronto wings but looked like it could not fly. We left it in a protected place to continue its journey after taking its photo.
Signature: Bug lover
Dear Bug lover,
This is an Oil Beetle in the genus Meloe, one of the Blister Beetles. Blister Beetles can secrete a compound known as cantharidin that can cause blistering in human skin, so Blister Beetles should be handled with caution, or not at all.