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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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Subject: Beetle pictured near Amboseli, Kenya
Location: Amboseli, Kenya
July 13, 2016 7:32 am
Hi there,
I was recently in Kenya and captured a few pictures of an interesting bug but none of the people there knew the name of it, nor do I know what plant it was eating (a rather lovely purple flower)
It was captured in July 2016, so Kenyan winter.
Can you please help identify it for my picture collection.
Signature: Tane Piper

Blister Beetle: Mylabris oculata

Blister Beetle: Mylabris oculata

Dear Tane,
This is one beautiful Blister Beetle in the family Meloidae and the colors on your image, the bold black and white beetle, the orange antennae and the ultraviolet purple blossom are stunning.  We quickly identified a similar looking Blister Beetle on the Kenya Natural History Guide that is identified as being in the genus
Mylabris.  The site states:  “Many blister beetles are so toxic to mammals that ingestion of a few may be enough to kill a horse. It happens occasionally when the beetles get wrapped up into a bale of hay, quite by accident. Birds somehow just know that a beetle with this pattern should never be eaten, and they leave them alone. There are many, many species of Mylabris distributed across Africa, Europe and Asia.”  Once we had a genus name, we identified the species on Beetles of Africa and confirmed the identification on iSpot.

Blister Beetle: Mylabris oculata

Blister Beetle: Mylabris oculata

Thank you! Yes I thought it was a rather stunning beetle.
– Tane

Blister Beetle: Mylabris oculata

Blister Beetle: Mylabris oculata

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