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Subject: Huge abdomen
Location: Springfield MO
January 24, 2017 9:30 pm
I just moved to springfield mo. It is winter here (January) I came across what resembled an ant or beetle. Unfortunately I could not obtain a clear photo for it was night time and my dog got to the bug before I could get it indoors to examine it. I am an avid hiker and i have done farm work, never have seen this before. There are several types of trees around the house but I could not identify the bug as a specfic beetle to the area.
Signature: Christopher

Oil Beetle

Dear Christopher,
Even with the poor quality of your image, the identity of this Oil Beetle is unmistakable.

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Subject: WTB
Location: Powder Springs, Ga
December 9, 2016 6:49 pm
Have no idea what this is. Found in Powder Springs, GA. My son and I admired it for a while then we let him go free.
Signature: Lataine III

Oil Beetle

Oil Beetle

Dear Lataine III,
This is an Oil Beetle, a species of Blister Beetle in the genus
Meloe.

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Subject: What’s this bug?
Location: New York /New Jersey USA
November 11, 2016 1:17 pm
This thing was huge. Do you know what it is?
Signature: Becky Lynn Ray

Oil Beetle

Oil Beetle

Dear Becky,
This is an awesome image of an Oil Beetle, a species of Blister Beetle in the genus
Meloe.

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Subject: Identify this bug
Location: Michigan
October 17, 2016 7:50 pm
I found 2 pair of these bugs while checking my fence line. Michigan, October 16th.
Signature: Brenda Breijak

Pair of Oil Beetles

Pair of Oil Beetles

Dear Brenda,
These are Oil Beetles, Blister Beetles in the genus Meloe, and they are attempting to mate.  We have a very detailed posting on mating Oil Beetles here.

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Subject: Shiny bluish anty thing?
Location: Maine
September 24, 2016 4:17 am
Found this crawling on the steps, probably about 1 1/2″ – 2″ long. It wasn’t moving very fast. The abdomen is very large, but in all other respects it looks ant-like to me. Do you recognize it?
Signature: Kai

Oil Beetle

Oil Beetle

Dear Kai,
This distinctive Blister Beetle is an Oil Beetle in the genus
Meloe.

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Subject: Is it a carpenter ant queen?
Location: Rhode Island
September 7, 2016 4:23 pm
What is this big big? My friend found it amongst her potatoes. I’m thinking carpenter ant queen but I’m not sure
Signature: Cindy

Oil Beetle

Oil Beetle

Dear Cindy,
This is a Blister Beetle in the genus
Meloe, commonly called an Oil Beetle.

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