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Oil Beetle ID please - SOLVED - Berberomeloe insignis

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« 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.

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Maria
« Last Edit: June 03, 2017, 13:36 PM by Maria »

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« Reply #1 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...
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« Reply #2 on: May 18, 2017, 19:57 PM »
And it's a female.

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« Reply #3 on: May 19, 2017, 01:33 AM »
Why is it a female?
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« Reply #4 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.

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« Reply #5 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?
« Last Edit: May 20, 2017, 14:44 PM by Petrea »
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« Reply #6 on: June 03, 2017, 13:35 PM »
Thanks everyone and apologies Petrea, my mind was probably else where  :speechless: