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I think this is one for Dave.. Red striped oil beetle

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Offline SueMac

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« on: May 23, 2007, 19:19 PM »
Please can you tell me what this is.......
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« Reply #1 on: May 23, 2007, 19:35 PM »
Hola SueMac,

Dave? who's he? Just cos he got that oak hawkmoth (still not convinced) ;D

Anyway, What you have there is a red striped oil beetle Meloe majalis

Theses guys are great and we find them a lot under oak trees in sandy soil at this time of year.

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« Reply #2 on: May 24, 2007, 11:11 AM »
Hi SueMac,
Seen as though I was wrong on the Silkworm moth, beaten on the Oil beetle, I am now retiring from identification, at least until the next one

Clive
The red striped Oil beetle, is it one of the rove beetles ? the shape is correct, but one in that colour, was not in my book, mind you it did say there were over 10,000 different types, and only illustrated half a dozen.
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« Reply #3 on: May 24, 2007, 13:59 PM »
Hola - que "rove beetle"?
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« Reply #4 on: May 24, 2007, 15:17 PM »
Hi SueMac
A rove beetle is just one of many subspecies of beetle, they are able to fly but the wingcovers do not cover the whole body as in a ladybird
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« Reply #5 on: October 31, 2008, 19:39 PM »
I finally got around to pulling some information together for this species the Red-striped Oil Beetle Meloe majalis
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« Reply #6 on: November 03, 2008, 13:14 PM »
Hi all,
Just to clear up the sub-species thing that was mentioned earlier in the thread.
oil beetles (genus: meloidae) do look at bit like rove beetle (genus: staphylinidae) but are a differernt GENUS of the ORDER Coleoptera. Just to calrify, they arent sub-species of a beetle they are a whole genus in their own right and the red striped oil beetle of the oil beetle genus. Clear as mud??
Im guessing dave got confussed with the whole order/genus/species thing?....easily done

Andy

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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2008, 20:38 PM »
Hi Andy
Confusion, its all part of my day, as I approach my sixties. Enter room, wonder why I am here, leave room, remember, enter room etc. etc.
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Dave