Oil Beetle

Not Even Sure What Order This is In
Location: Mt. Pisgah, North Carolina
October 23, 2011 8:07 am
We saw this insect in mid-October on a trail next to the Mt. Pisgah Inn on the Blue Ridge Parkway. It was quite active considering it was on the north slope late in the morning.
Signature: Steve

Oil Beetle

Hi Steve,
Your confusion regarding the insect order is quite understandable since this Oil Beetle is not typically “beetle-like” with its short flightless elytra and  soft body.  The Oil Beetle is a Blister Beetle in the family Meloidae, and many members of the family are atypical beetles.

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