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Species Meloe niger - Black Meloe

Meloe niger - male Meloe niger - male Meloe niger - male Meloe strigulosus? - Meloe niger - male Meloe niger - female Oil beetle - Meloe niger - male Meloe niger - male Meloe niger - male
Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Coleoptera (Beetles)
Suborder Polyphaga (Water, Rove, Scarab, Long-horned, Leaf and Snout Beetles)
No Taxon (Series Cucujiformia)
Superfamily Tenebrionoidea (Fungus, Bark, Darkling and Blister Beetles)
Family Meloidae (Blister Beetles)
Subfamily Meloinae
Genus Meloe (Oil Beetles)
Species niger (Black Meloe)
Explanation of Names
Meloe niger Kirby 1837
8-18 mm(1)
across Canada south to PA-WI-TX-CA(1)(BG data)
mostly Apr-May (BG data)
active primarily during spring and early summer over its entire range(1); in WI, demonstrates both a spring and fall activity(2)
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