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Meloe violaceus

Observed: 21st March 2011 By: Peter Allen
British Dragonfly Society
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Meloe violaceus
Description:

M. violaceus, I think, on head shape.

Identifications
Species interactions

No interactions present.

Comments

John Bratton's picture

There has been some

There has been some discussion in the last couple of years of problems in the identification literature for M. proscarabaeus and violaceus. I can't tell you which this one is. I can only say be cautious about giving it a species name.

John Bratton

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Oh dear!!

I hadn't realised what a problem differential diagnosis of these two species was. I based my ID on a Buglife web page from last year and on colour. I am posting a further photograph which shows the pronotum in considerable detail and which, I think , clearly shows the transverse depression at its base as described in the BW feature.

Hampshire Dragonfly recorder
Hampshire & IOW Wildlfe Trust