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Observed: 14th May 2010 By: lpearcelpearce’s reputation in Invertebrateslpearce’s reputation in Invertebrateslpearce’s reputation in Invertebrateslpearce’s reputation in Invertebrates

Walking by the River Inver noticed a blue-violet shape in the grass. Photograph it by a ring to give an idea of the size

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oil beetles

See David Gibbs' photos at:

and discussion at:

Entomologist and biological recorder

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Thanks Martin

I thought this one was clear cut, but it seems nothing is!
I have looked at all the photographs we took of the Oil Beetles but cannot make out enough detail to be sure one way or another.
On the other hand when I checked with local naturalists I was told that
the shape of thorax and bright blue colouration was good for Meloe violaceus and it was the only Oil beetle known in the area.

But to be safe i agree it would be better to ID as Meloe sp.

Les Pearce
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