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Ant or beetle? - Meloe niger - female

Ant or beetle? - Meloe niger - Female
Thomson/Okanogan, British Columbia, Canada
Size: 1.25 inch
males are smaller than females, there were holes in the ground from where they emerged and then continued to mate for several days

Meloe niger --det. J.D. Pinto
Moved from Oil Beetles.

Moved from ID Request.

7 species recorded in BC. See here:

please press the edit button and correct the date of your sighting.

Specifically, an Oil Beetle in the genus Meloe.

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