Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Black oil beetle

Whilst working in a garden in Corn town Bridgend i came across this Oil beetle in the flower border. Oil beetles in the UK are in drastic decline only 5 oil beetles remain in the UK with 3 already being extinct. All this is down to bad countryside management. Looking at this beetle in detail shows that it has a kink in the antennae bringing me down to 2 species. Black oil beetle (Meloe proscarabaeus) and Violet oil beetle (Meloe violaceus), Black oil beetle have an almost square thorax which has an almost straight lower edge that shows on these photo's also it lacks the depressed area you would expect from Violet oil beetle so i'm pretty confident on ID

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