Oil Beetle

big guy in the kitchen
I found this guy on the kitchen floor in the middle of the night last night. He was already on his last legs, apparently (pun intended, and lame). I thought it was a beautiful bug, matte black with a huge abdomen (ready to lay eggs?). Anyway, I’ve browsed your site and others, and am still not sure what I’m looking at. Any ideas? We’re in Northern Kentucky, and it has been pretty warm for this time of year. Thanks.

Hi Matt,
This Short Winged Blister Beetle in the genus Meloe is also known as an Oil Beetle because of the oily substance that it exudes from its joints. The oily substance may cause blisters.

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