Subject: Some find similar to d. coach horse/oil beetle(Staphylinidae)
Geographic location of the bug: Granada, Spain
Time: 10:09 AM EDT
Your letter to the bugman: Hello Dr.
Found “she” on a basin in Sierra Nevada 20 days ago, had amazing size about 7cm long and due to the fact rove beetles are the biggest branch +64000 described and +800 just in GB its kind difficult to name it. May you help me to find out?
How you want your letter signed: Dr Pachanga
Dear Dr. Pachanga,
This is not a Rove Beetle, but rather a Blister Beetle, and its red eyes are startling. We wish your close-up had more clear details. We believe we have correctly identified it as Berberomeloe insignis thanks to images by Peter Greenwood on FlickR here and again here on FlickR.