Oil Beetle

Big Ant with a big butt?
Location: South New Jersey
December 19, 2010 3:22 pm
Hi,
I saw this Big ant with a big butt crawling up on the side of my house outside, really slowly. Is this a ”queen” ant that’s pregnant or something? Or is it even an ant at all?
Thanks
Signature: Joe

Oil Beetle

Dear Joe
Many people make the mistake of misidentifying the Oil Beetle for a queen ant.  Oil Beetles are Blister Beetles in the genus
Meloe.

Photo of author

bugman

BugMan aka Daniel Marlos has been identifying bugs since 1999. WhatsThatbug.com is his passion project and it has helped millions of readers identify the bug that has been bugging them for over two decades. You can reach out to him through our Contact Page.

2 thoughts on “Oil Beetle”

Leave a Comment