Calling all entomologists!

by Richard on April 25, 2006

Anybody know what this little fellow might be? (Apart from blurred, obviously)

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Kim 04.25.06 at 3:01 am

Well it’s loathsome, probably has trouble with its English, and, while in a hole, nevertheless continues to dig. George W. Bush?


BD 04.25.06 at 6:13 am

Possibly blue legged shining leaf beetle?


BD 04.25.06 at 6:27 am

Check the Coleoptera asection


Richard 04.25.06 at 7:32 am

It isn’t loathsome! ‘Tis a lovely little beastie. And it can’t be GWB, Kim. It’s doing its own dirty work.

Thanks for those links, BD. I haven’t identified my friend yet, but they were interesting.


Beth 04.25.06 at 3:34 pm

Question is, are you going to name him John, Paul, George or Ringo?


Richard 04.25.06 at 4:11 pm

Pete, I think.

He’s the best beetle I’ve ever seen. :)


The Amateur Entomologists' Society 10.18.06 at 4:45 pm


It’s an Oil Beetle (Meloe proscarabeus). When alarmed they secrete an unpleasant smelling oil which is how they get their names. They are impressive beasts.

Hope that helps.


Richard 10.18.06 at 6:19 pm

That’s excellent - thank you!

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