Subject: Odd looking bug with enormous abdomen
Location: Jackson Hole, WY
May 11, 2017 8:04 am
Recently, I found this bug walking very unsteadily, falling and rolling, across a hillside in Jackson Hole, Wyoming. Its enormous abdomen was soft to the touch. It was about 2″ long. Is it an ant, beetle or bug from space?! Thanks for your help. Have a Buggy Day!
Signature: Angela B.
This is a female Oil Beetle, a Blister Beetle in the genus Meloe. Blister Beetles should be handled with caution as they can secrete a compound, cantharidin, that can cause blistering in human skin.