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Insects and creepy crawlies => Insects and creepy-crawlies => Topic started by: Maria on May 16, 2017, 12:26 PM

Title: Oil Beetle ID please - SOLVED - Berberomeloe insignis
Post by: Maria on May 16, 2017, 12:26 PM
Can anyone help with the ID of this beetle please?
I think it is some kind of Oil Beetle.

Thanks
Maria
Title: Re: ID please
Post by: Clive on May 16, 2017, 15:18 PM
Hi Maria.....
Yes it is an oil or blister beetle.... This one is not the red striped version but Berberomeloe insignis. You can tell from the no red stripes but red eyes I think... :) All blister beetles contain a substance called cantharidin that causes irritation to skin and possibly blistering, hence the common name...
Title: Re: ID please
Post by: Juan-P on May 18, 2017, 19:57 PM
And it's a female.
Title: Re: ID please
Post by: Clive on May 19, 2017, 01:33 AM
Why is it a female?
Title: Re: ID please
Post by: Juan-P on May 19, 2017, 15:23 PM
Clive, it's the length of the eyelashes!

Seriously, I'm sure the females are longer with much larger bodies for egg storage and depositing, whereas the males are more like an ordinary beetle, if there was such a thing.

http://bugguide.net/node/view/468615/bgpage (http://bugguide.net/node/view/468615/bgpage)
Title: Re: ID please
Post by: Petrea on May 20, 2017, 10:21 AM
Hey, what happened to choosing a nice title for the ID posts? We┬┤ve got too many "ID please"s recently! (And a hero member should know better, booo  -  ;-) )

How about: "ID huge black beetle" for this one?
Title: Re: ID please
Post by: Maria on June 03, 2017, 13:35 PM
Thanks everyone and apologies Petrea, my mind was probably else where  :speechless: