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Oil Beetle

Observed: 5th May 2008 By: Graeme
The Anton River Conservation Association
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Violet Oil Beetle (Meloe violaceus)
Description:

Beetle at Corfe Castle which captured the attention of all the tourists. I am guessing a Violet Oil Beetle?? First time I have ever seen one

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You need to be very careful

You need to be very careful with these. An outwardly useful id. guide in British Wildlife magazine a few years ago is unreliable in the distinction between M. violaceus and M. proscarabaeus. The author published a correction in The Coleopterist in 2009, and a problem was quickly pointed out in this too.

I'm told violaceus is typically in woodland and proscarabaeus is the one commonly seen on coastal cliff-top grassland, usually squashed on footpaths.