All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Oil Beetle</strong> - female
<em>Meloe impressus</em> / Blister Beetle Family
Knoxville, TN (Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge)
November 1, 2009

Males of this species have a distinctive notch in the antennae, so this beetle is obviously a fem...
Oil Beetle - female
Meloe impressus / Blister Beetle Family
Knoxville, TN (Seven Islands Wildlife Refuge)
November 1, 2009

Males of this species have a distinctive notch in the antennae, so this beetle is obviously a female. This family of beetles give off a skin-blistering chemical called cantharidin when irritated.

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