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Oil Beetle - Meloe niger - male

Oil Beetle - Meloe niger - Male
Halfmoon Lake Natural Area, Alberta, Canada
May 9, 2013
Lat: 54.0517211044 Long: -113.348577727

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Oil Beetle - Meloe niger - male Oil Beetle - Meloe niger - male - female Oil Beetle - Meloe niger - male

Moved tentatively; will seek confirmation
that dorsal shot is wonderful!

Moved from Oil Beetles.

Thanks for the ID!
Thanks for the ID!

John D. Pinto's opinion:
"Tough to get this one to species from photos. Knowing length from occiput to end of elytra would help. In any case, most likely possibilities are M. niger and M. exiguus. M. exiguus is a relatively small species, usually considerably smaller than M. niger."

well, needless to say, i would love this one to turn out M. exiguus, of which we have zero images in the guide yet... any chance you could accurately measure the coveted distance, Adrian? =v=

I'm afraid not. I have looked
I'm afraid not. I have looked through all the images I took that day and there is nothing I can use to determine the scale/magnification.I should be going back to that area this week and I'll try some measurements.

that would be wonderful
maybe you'll be able to collect voucher specimens, too.
something tells me the beetle is not a large one, but it may well be wishful thinking

Moved & cropped for expert attention; great shot!
Moved from ID Request.

very nice beetle --will show around.
please keep in mind that only you and the editors are able to see images full-size

That's good to know. Do you n
That's good to know. Do you need full size for this image?

Meloe are tough to ID to species... subtle details of the pronotal shape & surface texture, as well as seeing well the modified part of the male antenna are always more than welcome; also, a straight dorsal [vs oblique] view of the pronotum helps a lot and may make all the difference between guesswork and a confident ID.
BG can handle images up to 3072x3072, so uploading a higher-res version, if any, is a good idea.
and thanks for sharing your fine work, Adrian!

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