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Short-Winged Blister Beetle - Meloe angusticollis

Short-Winged Blister Beetle - Meloe angusticollis
Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Tennessee, USA
April 17, 2004
Found far in the backwoods near the Middle Prong of The Little Pigeon River in the Greenbriar section of the Park.

Moved from Oil Beetles.

I'm astonished that no one's created a guide page for this in the 3+ years since it was IDed.

On second thought... this Art Evans fellow- what does he know about beetles, anyway? ;)

This species is Meloe angusticollis.

ID confirmed by John Pinto

Do they fly?
Do they fly? I saw three of them over the weekend. I accidentally flash photographed one up close. It didn't move for a while after that. Musta been blinded. I marked where it was and came back about 20 minutes later and couldn't find it. So I assume it recovered or got eaten. Are they pests to gardens?

I'll say they are pests, at lest, for my chives.
THey ate them all. I must have had 100s, everywhere in my yard you have these big black bugs, and they all smell like chives

"oil beetle"
This is a blister beetle, in the genus Meloe. Looks to be a female, as males have a distinctive "kink" in their antennae. They are parasites of solitary bees. Like most Meloids, they can be locally common, for very short periods of time, and then not seen again in any quantity for years.

Tough shot
They don't stand still very long do they? :)

Tough Shot
They sure don't. I pretty much got lucky on this one...

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